Request Community Support

Tacoma Public Utilities is proud to support registered 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organizations that share our goals of energy conservation, environmental protection, professional development for TPU employees, and other select causes that support a utility purpose. Examples of such purposes include:

  • Investing in nonprofit capital projects that promote power or water conservation.
  • Promoting utility-related professional development for our employees and partners or activities that support recruitment for utility-specific jobs.
  • Promoting science, technology, engineering, and math education outreach and/or training relevant to utility-specific jobs.
  • Helping us practice environmental protection, stewardship, or conservation in accordance with our Strategic Directive for Environmental Leadership.
  • Building relationships and communicating with hard-to-reach or under-served audiences by:
    • Creating opportunities for translation of our messages about conservation, safety, and other issues for customers who are non-English speakers.
    • Reaching out to customers eligible for specific savings programs or discount rates.
    • Seeking opportunities to educate customers about how conserving power and water also lowers utility bills.

Preference will be given to organizations or programs aligned with our goals around diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racist systems transformation (see TPU’s Strategic Directive on Equity and Inclusion.) For more information, refer to the City of Tacoma’s Equity and Empowerment Framework and Resolution 40622 on Anti-Racist System Transformation).

Applying does not guarantee funding, and TPU leadership reserves the right to award dollars to programs and event that best serve utility purposes.

Due to legal requirements set forth in the Charter of the City of Tacoma and the Washington State Constitution, we cannot accept funding requests for the following:

  • Scholarships for individuals to attend camps, schools, pageants, tours, trips, or similar activities
  • Sports teams or sporting-related events
  • Political organizations or candidates for political office
  • Organizations that discriminate against any group
  • Programs that promote or endorse a specific religious affiliation
  • Enclosures to be mailed with utility bills
  • Programs outside of our service or project areas
  • For-profit organizations
  • More than one request per organization per year; however, a request can include multiple events or programs.
  • Anything that violates the Washington State Constitutional prohibition of gifting public funds

How to Request Funding

Application deadlines for 2023:

1st quarter application deadline: Jan. 6 | Notification date: Feb. 1

2nd quarter application deadline: April 7 | Notification date: May 5

3rd quarter application deadline: July 7 | Notification date: August 4

4th quarter application deadline: October 6 | Notification date: November 3

We use an application and review process to identify events and organizations that best meet our program funding criteria. We base our decisions on several factors including available budget, resources, and benefits to the community.

To request funding for your nonprofit organization, complete our online Request for Funds Application and attach any other information that will help us evaluate your request. You must also include the following with the completed application:

  • A copy of your Department of the Treasury or IRS letter indicating 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
  • A list of the board of directors or equivalent information.
Click Here to start the Request for Support Application

To request a paper copy of the application form, email Christina Turner or call 253-306-0679.

The Director of Utilities and our executive management team will evaluate all funding requests. Funding is not automatically renewed or guaranteed from year to year.

Direct funding questions to Christina Turner, 253-306-0679.

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