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More grants doled out to help communities impacted by coal-fire plant closures

Earlier this year, three Arizona energy providers pledged $1 million in grant opportunities to help organizations and communities impacted by the transition away from coal-fired power plants.

The second round of money  has been awarded, and the third round of applications are now open.

Tucson Electric Power, APS and SRP funded the  Utilities’ Grant Funding Program. Its goal is to develop sustainable economic strategies for affected communities, its residents and stakeholders.

In this round, more than $134,000 was divvied up among six recipients.

  • Northland Pioneer College ($25,000)
  • City of Page ($25,000)
  • Round Valley Unified School District ($25,000)
  • Town of Eager ($25,000)
  • Town of Eager's Public Works, Water and Sewer Department ($25,000)
  • Joseph City Foundation ($9,140)

For many, this money will go toward hiring consultants and grant writers to obtain more funding opportunities, and further cultivate a successful transition.
Third round applications are due by Dec. 15.

Jill Ryan joined KJZZ in 2020 as a morning reporter, and she is currently a field correspondent and Morning Edition producer.