APS awards grants to west valley nonprofit organizations

Grants to support homelessness, employment, education programs

Arizona Public Service Co. (APS), in partnership with the Arizona Community Foundation, has announced the recipients of its 2022 West Valley Grants Program, in which eligible nonprofits receive funding for programs supporting the environment, education, community development and arts and culture.

In 2022, 28 organizations were awarded grants ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 for community projects in the West Valley, including food services, art and music programs for low-income children, foster care support, literacy education, youth therapy and more. In addition, three organizations have been awarded grants of $50,000 or more for homelessness initiatives.

  • A New Leaf: West Valley Housing Assistance Center - $55,000 Grant A New Leaf’s West Valley Housing Assistance Center located in Surprise offers emergency housing to families experiencing homelessness.
  • Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS) - $50,000 Grant CASS aims to end homelessness by providing shelter, case management, and housing services to people throughout Downtown Phoenix and the West Valley.
  • St. Joseph the Worker: Employment Without Barriers - $50,000 Grant St. Joseph the Worker’s mission is to connect the Valley’s disadvantaged, homeless, and transitioning individuals to quality jobs.

"These deserving nonprofits in the West Valley are doing work that is making a meaningful difference with lasting results in the community, and that is why we are committed to supporting them,” said Tina Marie Tentori, Director of Community Affairs at APS. 

For more than 20 years, APS has partnered with Arizona Community Foundation to provide funding to eligible nonprofits that support growth and community needs in the West Valley. Agencies eligible for funding must be designated 501(c)(3) nonprofits and serve in the areas of arts & culture, community development, education, environment, or human services.

“We are proud to partner with APS to support West Valley communities every year. This year we are especially pleased to help them make investments to combat housing insecurity for Arizonans.” said Morgan Bishop Fraser, Executive Director of the Pakis Center for Business Philanthropy at the Arizona Community Foundation.

In 2021, 39 West Valley nonprofits received a total of $250,000 in community grants. Grants supported a variety of initiatives, including a STEM club for youth, community food pantry, mobile career center and emergency shelter support.

For more information on the APS West Valley Grant Program, visit aps.com/community


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APS serves more than 1.3 million homes and businesses in 11 of Arizona’s 15 counties, and is a leader in delivering affordable, clean and reliable energy in the Southwest. The company is committed to serving customers with 100% clean power by 2050. As owner and operator of Palo Verde Generating Station, the nation’s largest producer of carbon-free electricity, and with one of the country’s most substantial renewable energy portfolios, APS’s current energy mix is 50% clean. With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the principal subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW).

About Arizona Community Foundation

Established in 1978, the Arizona Community Foundation is a statewide family of charitable funds supported by thousands of Arizonans. With regional offices serving communities across Arizona, ACF is among the top 25 community foundations in the nation with more than $1.1 billion in trust and endowment assets and is certified under the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations. Since inception, ACF and its affiliates have awarded more than $1.1 billion in grants, scholarships, and loans to nonprofit organizations, schools, and government agencies.

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