Local Grantmaking | PG&E

To ensure the neighborhoods we share with our customers are great places to live and work, each year PG&E provides more than 1,500 local grants to organizations supporting education, economic and community vitality, and the environment across Northern and Central California.

These investments in our communities are funded entirely by our shareholders and have no impact on our customers' utility rates. Our 2014 grant cycle begins on February 12, 2014 and closes on September 30, 2014.

Giving Program Areas

Our local grants are made in three program areas:

  • Education
  • Economic & Community Vitality
  • Environment

In 2013, 80% of PG&E's grant funding supported projects and organizations aligned with our priority focus on underserved communities.

How to Apply

PG&E's local grantmaking program runs from February to September each year. Because we aim to support charitable organizations throughout our 70,000 square mile service area, a majority of our grants are made at or below the $5,000 level.

Generally we do not fund unsolicited proposals.

General Requirements

If your organization has been invited to submit a proposal by a PG&E representative, please ensure you have the following before applying for a PG&E grant:

  1. Current status as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization: Organizations that have not yet received an IRS 501(c)3 designation must identify a “fiscal sponsor” to receive the requested grant. The fiscal sponsor must apply for the grant from PG&E.
  2. Alignment with PG&E's key funding priorities: Successful grant applications will address a demonstrated community need, support an organization within PG&E’s service area and provide an opportunity for employee engagement.
  3. Completed IRS W-9 Form
    Please use one of the W-9 forms below:

    Click here if you are a 501(c)3 >>

    Click here if you are a government or public agency >>
  4. Completion of PG&E's online grant application: PG&E is unable to accept grant proposals in other formats.

In-Kind Donations

PG&E may also consider in-kind contributions such as the donation of company vehicles or meeting facilities to certified 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations. Click here to learn more about our in-kind program (PDF, 176 KB).

California law prohibits PG&E from donating or reducing the cost of gas and/or electric services.

Non-Discrimination Policy

PG&E will not fund organizations that, in their by-laws, policies or practices, discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or any basis prohibited by applicable law.

Charitable Purposes

PG&E grants may be used only for charitable purposes, and must not be used to promote or oppose any candidate or ballot measure, to advocate any legislative or administrative action, or to personally benefit or compensate any elected official.

Legal and Patriot Act Compliance

Applicants must be, and remain, in compliance with all federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations, including, if applicable, the California Nonprofit Integrity Act of 2004. Applicants and each of their grantees, if any, must be in full compliance with all statutes, executive orders and regulations restricting or prohibiting U.S. persons from engaging in transactions and dealings with countries, entities or individuals subject to economic sanctions administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. Applicants must be aware that a list of countries subject to such sanctions, a list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons subject to such sanctions, and overviews and guidelines for each such sanctions program can be found at http://www.treas.gov/ofac >> and applicants must not promote or engage in violence, terrorism, bigotry or the destruction of any state, or make grants or otherwise furnish support of any kind to any individual or entity that engages in such activities.

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