Mar 162011

Tucson Electric Power (TEP) and UniSource Energy Services (UES) will host a workshop next week that is 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.

The workshop for nonprofits in Coconino, Apache and Navajo counties is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Wednesday, March 23, at theCoconino Community College-Lone Tree Campus, located at 2800 S. Lone Tree Road in Flagstaff.

“Financial Strategies for Stronger Nonprofits: Managing Budgets in Tough Times” 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 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. A total of $10,000 is available to nonprofits in Apache, Coconino and Navajo counties, with a $1,000 to $5,000 grant request range. The 2011 program guidelines and application are available online at and 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 and click on the “events” tab. The workshop is free to Alliance members and costs $15 for nonmembers.