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We are helping Arizona students prepare to compete in the global economy. A workforce proficient in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills is critical to retaining and attracting high-quality businesses and industries to the state. Since 1981, the APS Foundation has invested more than $39 million to worthy projects throughout Arizona.
 
what we support

We invest in programs that enhance academic achievement in the areas of STEM. A majority of the funding is designated to teachers, who are broadly credited as the single-most important factor in the K-12 educational system. The Foundation targets projects that help educators increase content knowledge in STEM subjects as well as the ability to transfer this knowledge effectively to students.

 

how we give
  • Applications for both 2016 funding cycles are now closed. The Spring 2017 funding cycle will begin on January 15, 2017 and run through March 1, 2017
  • we consider requests from registered 501(c)(3) public charities in good financial and public standing
  • our grants support Arizona’s youth and educational leaders focused on K-12 and college/university partnerships
  • organizations must use APS Foundation budget templates
  • organizations, including colleges and universities with various departments and outreach programs, are eligible for APS Foundation funding once each calendar year​





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who we fund
The APS Foundation will not accept unsolicited proposals to support:
 
  • previously funded organizations that have not completed their grant year or final evaluations
  • For profit entities or organizations that are not an IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization
  • Fundraising events or sponsorships
  • Individuals
  • Charter and private schools
  • Religious organizations, churches and programs that are purely denominational in purpose
  • Political, labor or fraternal organizations, association or civic services clubs (i.e. Junior League, Lions, Rotary, Kiwanis
  • Legislative or lobbying efforts or organizations==Private or family foundations
  • Organizations not located, or providing services, within the APS service territory
  • Foundations or organizations which are grantmaking entities or distribute funds to other nonprofit organizations (pass through)
  • Start-up organizations defined as a nonprofit whose ruling year has been granted by the IRS for less than three years
  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, marital status, age, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status
  • Endowments, debt reduction, capital or building campaigns
  • Sports teams or sporting programs
  • Scouting troops
  • Advocacy organizations

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applications & budget forms