Trico, the rural electric cooperative serving parts of the Northwest, is again awarding $40,000 to local non-profit groups through its Power grants program.

The 2009 focus is on children and youth, food and basic needs, a release said. Qualified non-profits that serve the food and basic needs of children and youth in Trico’s service territory are encouraged to apply, a release said.

“We’re thrilled to continue the Trico Power grants program and to strengthen our commitment to the community,” said Mark W. Schwirtz, Trico CEO and general manager. “At a time when it seems a lot of people are struggling, we’re glad to help out in any way we can.”

In 2008, the Marana Health Clinic, United Community Health, Portable Practical Educational Preparation, Tu Nidito and the Arivaca Community Center each received Power grants funds to assist children and youth in their areas.

The deadline for 2009 grants application submissions is Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. Applications will be evaluated on a competitive basis, with grants awarded for a single year in amounts up to $10,000. Recipients will be notified in February 2009.

Power grant guidelines and applications can be downloaded from www.trico.coop. Contact Romi Carrell Wittman, communications services director, at rwittman@trico.coop or 744-2944, ext. 1362.

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