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Feb 28 2011 12:00:00:000AM
News Media Contact: Joseph Barrios, (520) 884-3725

TEP, UES to Help Nonprofit Groups Apply for Grants, Learn Financial Strategies

Tucson, Ariz. – Tucson Electric Power (TEP) and UniSource Energy Services (UES) will host a series of workshops designed to help nonprofit groups manage their finances in tough economic times and write effective applications for the companies' Grants that Make a Difference and other funding opportunities.

TEP and UES, in partnership with the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, will next month present four sessions of a workshop titled "Financial Strategies for Stronger Nonprofits: Managing Budgets in Tough Times." The workshop is designed to help nonprofit groups analyze their sustainability, convert short-term figures into a long-term financial model and present such information to board members and donors. Attendees are encouraged to bring their organization's financial records to the workshop, where they will have the opportunity to work hands-on with analytical tools and take home a digital drive with copies of the tools and work samples.

Sharon Foltz, UniSource Energy's Director of Community Relations, will offer an overview of the 2011 Grants that Make a Difference program's initiatives, funding guidelines and application process. Although Grants that Make a Difference will be used as a teaching example, the skills acquired at the workshop can be used to seek grant funds from any source.

TEP and UES are making a combined total of $145,000 available through Grants that Make a Difference to nonprofit organizations in Arizona that help people afflicted by homelessness, domestic violence, poverty, child abuse and other social problems. The 2011 program guidelines and application will be available online at tep.com and uesaz.com on March 7, 2011. Applications must be received at UniSource Energy Corporation's Tucson office by 5 p.m. on Monday, May 16.

To register for a session, visit www.arizonanonprofits.org and click on the "events" tab. The workshop, sponsored by TEP and UES, is free to Alliance members and costs $15 for nonmembers.

The schedule for "Financial Strategies for Stronger Nonprofits: Managing Budgets in Tough Times" is:

Yavapai County
March 8
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon)
Yavapai College at the Camp Verde School Campus
321 W. Apache
Camp Verde, AZ 86322

Mohave County
March 22
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon)
Lake Havasu City Aquatic Center
100 Park Ave.
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403

Coconino, Apache, and Navajo Counties
March 23
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon)
Coconino Community College - Lone Tree Campus
2800 S. Lone Tree Rd.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Pima and Santa Cruz Counties
March 31
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon)
Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center
1660 West Ruthrauff Road
Tucson, AZ 85705

Grants That Make a Difference is just part of the award-winning community service efforts of TEP, UES and their parent company, UniSource Energy Corporation (NYSE: UNS). The companies provide direct support, in-kind services and volunteers to community groups across Arizona. In 2010, employees joined their family members and friends to contribute more than 50,000 volunteer hours throughout the state.

TEP provides safe, reliable power to more than 400,000 customers in southern Arizona. For more information, visit tep.com.

UniSource Energy Services provides gas service to more than 146,000 customers in Mohave, Yavapai, Coconino, Navajo and Santa Cruz Counties. UES also provides electric service to more than 90,000 customers in Mohave and Santa Cruz Counties. To learn more, visit uesaz.com.

UniSource Energy is the largest publicly traded company based in Tucson, Arizona, with consolidated assets of approximately $3.8 billion. For more information, visit uns.com.


More about Grants That Make a Difference

The program is designed to encourage cooperation among charitable groups to help make the most of limited philanthropic resources. Nonprofits in good standing serving at-risk clients in areas served by TEP or UES or in the White Mountain area around TEP's Springerville Generating Station are eligible to apply. Programs that meet a community need, leverage grants or volunteers, involve a serious collaboration with another nonprofit organization, are fiscally sound and can measure success are top contenders for funding. Applications are evaluated against others received from the same region to determine eligibility for grants. Available funding for each region, shown below, is based on population.

Coconino & Navajo Counties
Total available: $10,000. Grant request range: $1,000 to $5,000.

Mohave County
Total available: $20,000. Grant request range: $1,000 to $5,000.

Pima County and White Mountain area
Total available: $100,000. Grant request range: $2,500 to $10,000.

Santa Cruz County
Total available: $5,000. Grant request range: $1,000 to $2,500.

Yavapai County
Total available: $10,000. Grant request range: $1,000 to $5,000.