UnitedHealthcare says it will be giving $1.3 million to nonprofit groups that are trying to improve the delivery of health care in Arizona.

UnitedHealthcare, Phoenix, a unit of UnitedHealth Group Inc., Minnetonka, Minn., says it will begin accepting applications for the grants Nov. 1.

Grants will range from $50,000 to $500,000.

UnitedHealthcare wants to support:

- Improvements in technology at free clinics and other health care “safety net” providers.

- Medical education programs aimed at traditionally underserved communities

- Population-based preventive health programs.

- Information technology initiatives designed to improve health care delivery.

Applications are due Dec. 15, and grants will be awarded in January 2009, UnitedHealthcare says.

More information is available from Deborah Chambers, who can be reached at .