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Apply for AEP’s Making a Difference Grants

by on September 16, 2022

AEP employees are known for making a difference in their communities in many ways, a tradition that continues through the AEP Making a Difference Grant program. AEP encourages active and/or retired employees to lead local projects benefitting their communities.

Special AEP mini grants of up to $300 are available to groups of active and/or retired employees who wish to organize projects in their communities to be conducted October through December. There must be at least five AEP active and/or retired employees directly involved in the proposed project to qualify for funding. Grant applications are due October 7, 2022.

As AEP strives to meet the 25% goal of AEP Employees volunteering within the community; the project must be listed as a volunteer opportunity, and individual and team volunteer hours need to be logged at the [AEP Caring Together] volunteer site.

AEP Making a Difference mini-grants are intended for projects that serve — or are in partnership with — a community group, a nonprofit organization, or a school. Projects meet local needs, and may be in the areas of education, hunger and housing, social and racial justice, the environment, health and safety, youth, or other basic community needs.

AEP-funded projects will be selected on the basis of:

  • Geographic diversity of projects
  • Alignment with the company’s giving focus on K-12 education with an emphasis on STEM education, social and racial justice, or basic human needs including food and shelter.
  • Greatest number of people served or greatest need served
  • Level of planning that indicates likelihood of success
  • Partnership with others and leveraging other resources

Final determination of eligibility is reserved for American Electric Power.

How to apply:

Complete the on-line application form. Also, to comply with the AEP nondiscrimination policy below, the recipient organization must complete and return this nondiscrimination certification statement before the grant is issued.

Nondiscrimination Guideline
American Electric Power Company, Inc., its affiliates and the American Electric Power Foundation provide donations or grants only to organizations that do not, either through constitution or any written policy, discriminate against others on the basis of political affiliation, religious belief, age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, national origin, race or sexual orientation. Each organization applying for support must affirm in its funding request or the AEP or AEP Foundation on-line grant application that it does not discriminate in this manner.

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