Xcel Energy Foundation: Grants for Science Education

OVERVIEW: Xcel Energy Foundation science education grants focus on STEM education programs in the communities in which Xcel Energy operates.

IP TAKE: Xcel’s geographically limits its grants to Colorado, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, New Mexico, Wisconsin and Michigan.

PROFILE: Established in 2001, the Xcel Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Xcel Energy, a company that provides energy services across eight western and Midwestern states. The company is an industry leader in renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions. Through its grantmaking the Xcel Energy Foundation supports efforts in STEM education, economic sustainability, environmental stewardship, arts and culture, strategic philanthropy, and disaster relief.

In the science education space, the foundation supports is “[s]pecifically interested in the development of students in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.” Xcel invests in hands-on learning programs as well as those focused on increasing the number of students earning post-secondary STEM degrees and pursuing careers in STEM.

Grant amounts can range from $1,000 to $25,000. Most education grants range from $10,000 to $25,000. Past Xcel science education grantees include Colorado Association of Black Professional Engineers and Scientists and the Chippewa Valley Technical College Foundation. To learn more about the types of conservation organizations Xcel supports, explore its environment grantees list.

The Xcel Energy Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding. Grantseekers can make general inquiries by emailing the foundation at Foundation@xcelenergy.com.

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