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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 $30 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 foundation grants are due twice per year: March 1 and Sept. 1
  • 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


who we fund
The APS Foundation will not accept unsolicited proposals to support:
  • 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