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Grant Application Process

Information and deadlines for those invited to apply for funding.

Xcel Energy Foundation grant applications are accepted by invitation only. Unsolicited proposals or letters of intent will not be considered.  Funding is open to programs within Xcel Energy’s service area in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado, Texas and New Mexico.

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 an application through our online application system.  Eligibility does not guarantee an invitation and previous funding does not guarantee future funding.

The areas of focus are Arts & Culture, Economic Sustainability, Education and Environment.  Please note that Texas and New Mexico only accept applications for Education and Economic Sustainability programs. 

2020 Application Deadline

The 2020 grant cycle is closed and the Xcel Energy Foundation is no longer accepting proposals.  The grant cycle will reopen in Spring 2021.

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

Education
Economic Sustainability
Environment
Arts & Culture

Grant Lists

2019 Grant List

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