PG&E's community investment program is funded on a calendar year cycle. Our 2012 funding consideration period ended September 4th therefore we are no longer accepting online grant applications for this year. If you are interested in partnering with PG&E to support our communities, we encourage you to please read through our guidelines and requirements and come back and visit after March 1st, 2013.

In 2011, over 73% of our total grant-making efforts supported underserved communities and a majority of our grants were at or below the $5,000 level. PG&E may also consider in-kind contributions such as the donation of company vehicles or meeting facilities to 501c3 non-profit organizations. The utility also donates employee time through its nationally recognized employee volunteer program. California law prohibits PG&E from donating or reducing the cost of gas and/or energy services.

General Requirements

  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 actually apply for the grant from PG&E.
  2. Alignment with PG&E's key funding areas. The most successful grant applications are programs that also provide an opportunity for employee volunteerism, address a demonstrated community need, and are from organizations in PG&E’s service area.
  3. Coordination with PG&E representative. The most competitive proposals are ones made in collaboration with PG&E. View PG&E contacts.
  4. Completion of PG&E's online grant application. PG&E is unable to accept grant proposals in other formats.

Additional Requirements

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. In limited circumstances, PG&E will consider requests for funding of specific programs from any current 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, provided those programs are 1) aligned with our charitable focus areas, and 2) open to the general public and offered on a non-discriminatory basis.

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, 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.

Program Information

Giving Locally

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