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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 $41​ 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
  • the 2017 Fall Cycle will open July 14, 2017 and close September 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​
2017 Application Timeline Spring Cycle Fall Cycle
Application deadline March 1, 2017 September 1, 2017
APS Foundation Board of Directors May 2017 November 2017
Recipient notification June 2017 December 2017
Grant distribution August 2017 January 2018
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Applicants are eligible to receive a grant once per calendar year and the APS Foundation does not fund:​

  • Individuals
  • Individual K-12 schools
  • Religious organizations, churches, and programs that are purely denominational in purpose
  • Political, labor or fraternal organizations, associations or civic service clubs (i.e. - Junior League, Lions, Rotary, Kiwanis)
  • Legislative or lobbying efforts or organizations
  • Private or family foundations
  • Animal shelters or agencies
  • Foundations or organizations which are grant making entities or that distribute funds to other nonprofit organizations (pass through)
  • Start-up organizations defined as nonprofits whose ruling year has been granted by the IRS for less than three years
  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, disability, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other classification protected by law
  • Health organizations whose primary focus is funding programs or services for a specific disease or illness
  • Sports teams or sporting programs
  • Scouting troops
  • Advocacy organizations
 
Exceptions to the above may be granted but only with the approval of the Chair of the APS Foundation Board/CEO of APS.
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  • 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
applications & budget forms