UniSource Energy Services (UES) and Tucson Electric Power (TEP) are committed to investing in the communities where we live, work and play. Our Community Impact Grants are designed to provide a significant boost to local community assistance, education and environmental protection efforts.
Our expanded grants program will provide $330,000 to nonprofit groups across Arizona in 2016, more than doubling the total amount we awarded last year. The goals of our program include:
To be eligible for funding, an organization must:
Applications that WILL NOT be considered include:
How are Community Impact Grants different from other funding from UNS?
UNS philanthropy is an integrated strategy to support employee volunteerism, community wide initiatives driven by senior management and the grants program. Community Impact Grants allow the company to review all potential partnerships for community investment, rather than funding on a first-come or previous relationship basis. Other typical ways that UNS funds community organizations are:
What will successful Community Impact Grants proposals include?
Proposals must be completed and submitted before the deadline and be descriptive, yet concise. Describe the program with a strong case statement that explains the existing program or new program, why the program makes a measurable difference, and specifies any leveraged resources (i.e., volunteer involvement or matching funds) that are enabled by the grant funds.
What are the chances we will get funded?
Each year the number of submissions increase because of the great demand in the state of Arizona. Thankfully, UES and TEP have been able to increase the amount of funding when the grants program was redesigned in 2016 to respond to this need. However, the grant process is very competitive and is based on the strength of the application and how it compares to the other applications that are received for that year’s cycle. A dozen or so grant proposals are typically eliminated immediately because of incomplete application, location or program being outside of the focus areas.
How do we know if our grant is strong?
The grant score sheet is available for download, so please review your grant packet to assure that your submission answers all of the questions the committee will be using to score. The final decision is heavily weighted by score.
How do I know if my organization is eligible to apply?
Reviewing the guidelines and verifying the program service and/or persons to be served are in a UNS service territory. Check the utility bill at the program location – is either TEP or UniSource Energy the service provider?
Can I meet with someone from UNS to talk about our grant submission idea?
Due to the large volume of grant applications, and to ensure a level playing field, UNS employees do not offer advice or assistance to organizations applying for Community Impact Grants. Open meetings are hosted by UNS Community Relations across the state at the beginning of the grant cycle to allow questions and specific assistance. Grant guidelines and applications will be available only online (no mailings or phone requests).
To strengthen your application, download a copy of the score sheet.