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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.

2019 Application Deadline

Invited applications for the 2019 Focus Area Grants cycle in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Texas and Colorado will be accepted from January 28 to February 28, 2019. Please note that Texas is only accepting applications for Education and Economic Sustainability programs. Grant applications for New Mexico are not being accepted at this time.

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

2017 Arts & Culture (PDF)
2017 Economic Sustainability (PDF)
2017 Education (PDF)
2017 Environment (PDF)

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