Volunteer & donation requests

Guidelines and online application


Tucson Electric Power and its sister company, UniSource Energy Services (UES), work with charitable nonprofits, education and government organizations that focus on employee volunteer engagement, work toward meeting community needs and demonstrate the viability of their programs. TEP focuses its giving in the areas of education, environmental conservation activities and community engagement, including at-risk and low-income communities, first responders and veterans.

TEP invests in the community in several ways:

  • Donations are financial contributions to non-profits or charities for programs or special events where volunteer assistance is not needed or would not be appropriate, and may be requested throughout the year.

  • In-kind donations are non-monetary valuable goods that include computer equipment, office furniture, printing (i.e. promotional material) or the lending of pop-up tents, traffic cones and more.

  • Corporate memberships are requests for annual membership at the corporate level to community organizations, such as chambers of commerce, utility organizations and business groups, as appropriate.

  • Employee volunteer projects are employee-driven initiatives to support the communities where we live and work. These requests are typically supported and coordinated by TEP's Community Action Team (CAT) employee volunteers.

  • Sponsorships are the support of events and activities in which a mutually beneficial arrangement is made between the organization and TEP. This may include the promotion of goods, products and services. The organization promoting the sponsorship is responsible for providing the value of the sponsorship that is tax-deductible.

  • Grants are available to non-profits in TEP service territories. TEP and UES will contribute more than $326,000 in grant funding for 2016 in the territories we serve! The Community Impact Grants application period is now closed. We are no longer taking submissions. Please check our Community Impact Grants page for the most current information. Questions can be directed to community@tep.com.


The following are ineligible for funding consideration:

  • Organizations that are outside of service territories or company facility locations
  • Religious, fraternal, social or recreational activities
  • Political or partisan organizations or candidates
  • Individuals
  • Individual schools, grades K-12. However, all schools in TEP’s and UES’ service territories are offered safety, environmental and science-related curricula and supplemental resources at no charge Learn more»
  • Organizations serving people suffering from a single disease or medical condition, or for medical research (exceptions are CAT projects such as walks)
  • Endowments
  • Capital campaigns
  • Travel funds of any kind
  • Adult sports
  • Entertainment and recreation events
  • Agencies that contribute more than 10 percent of budget to outside service territory

TEP has a strict non-solicitation policy — employees may not fund-raise for their charity or event at work or using workplace resources. When employees choose to support a nonprofit fundraiser (such as a charity walk), the company will donate to the charity in place of employees paying/raising a participation fee.

To begin the application process, please select from the options below: