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Grant Application Process

Information and deadlines for those invited to apply for funding.

Grant applications are accepted by invitation only. Unsolicited proposals or letters of intent will not be considered.

Organizations that are deemed eligible may be contacted by a regional corporate giving representative for further discussion. The organization may then be invited to submit a proposal through our online application system. Previous funding does not guarantee future funding.

2017 Application Deadline

Invited applications for the 2017 Focus Area Grants cycle in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Colorado will be accepted from January 23 to February 24, 2017. Grant applications for New Mexico and Texas are not being accepted at this time. Please check back later for more information.

Funding Restrictions

We are targeted in what we fund and avoid granting to organizations outside of our focus areas or that fall in the following list.

  • Organizations that are not designated 501(c)(3) by the IRS
  • Programs outside of Xcel Energy’s communities in our service areas
  • Individuals
  • Political parties or organizations
  • Religious, political, veterans fraternal or other fraternal organizations
  • Research programs or government agencies
  • Endowment campaigns
  • Capital projects/campaigns
  • Energy efficiency projects or improvements*
  • Individual K–12, public, private, charter, or religious schools
  • Athletic or scholarship competitions or sports and athletic programs
  • Benefits or fundraising activities
  • Programs of individual organizations that receive more than 50 percent of their program budget from the United Way
  • Disease-specific programs organizations
  • Multi-year commitments

*Xcel Energy offers a number of other programs and incentives to support these types of energy efficiency projects. Learn more about energy solutions.

Grant Guidelines

Economic Sustainability
Arts & Culture

Grant Lists

2015 Arts & Culture (PDF)
2015 Economic Sustainability (PDF)
2015 Education (PDF)
2015 Environment (PDF)

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