Bright Ideas Grants

New Approaches to Teaching about Energy and the Environment

We believe future breakthroughs in environmental preservation will come from California’s ambitious and forward-thinking students. To inspire the bright ideas of the future and create exciting ways for the next generation to learn and succeed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), PG&E’s Bright Ideas grants help to fund innovative classroom projects about energy and the environment.

Program Overview

The PG&E Bright Ideas grant program provides funding each year to schools throughout our service area to develop projects and curriculum that educate students about renewable energy, conservation and environmental stewardship. Past projects have included installing solar panels, designing and implementing energy-saving ideas in classrooms, hosting solar car derbies, and other solar-powered inventions.

Helping Schools Become Our Environmental Leaders of the Future

Since 2005, PG&E has awarded more than $2.5 million in Bright Ideas Grants. In the 2014-2015 school year, 39 schools across California received grants for a total of $250,000.
School City School NameGrant Amount
Aptos Aptos Junior High School $1,000
Aptos Mar Vista Elementary School $2,500
Arroyo Grande Arroyo Grande High School $1,000
Bakersfield Frank West Elementary School $10,000
Benicia Benicia High School $1,000
Clovis Buchanan High School $5,000
Clovis Clovis High School $5,000
Davis Marguerite Montgomery Elementary School $10,000
Eureka Zane Middle School $10,000
Fairfax White Hill Middle School $10,000
Fortuna Redwood Preparatory Charter School $5,000
Fremont American High School $5,000
Fresno Fancher Creek Elementary School $5,000
Lamont Alicante Avenue Elementary School $10,000
Laytonville Laytonville Unified School District $5,000
Madera Madera High School $10,000
Manteca George McParland School $5,000
Morro Bay Morro Bay High School $10,000
Mountain View Crittenden and Graham Middle Schools $10,000
Oakland East Bay Innovation Academy $10,000
Oakland Epic Middle School $10,000
Oakland Life Academy of Health and Biscience $10,000
Oceano Oceano Elementary School $2,500
Orangevale Louis Pasteur Middle School $1,000
Paso Robles Paso Robles High School $5,500
Penngrove Penngrove Elementary School $10,000
Piedmont Piedmont High School $10,000
Pleasant Hill Gregory Gardens Elementary School $1,000
Richmond Valley View $1,000
Sacramento Leonardo da Vinci eK-8 School $12,500
San Francisco El Dorado Elementary School $5,000
San Francisco San Francisco Community School $5,000
San Jose Holly Oak Elementary School $5,000
San Jose Katherine Smith Elementary School $1,000
San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo County Office of Education $10,000
Santa Rosa Mattie Washburn Elementary School $5,000
Saratoga Walden West $10,000
West Sacramento River City High School $10,000
Woodland Plainfield Elementary School $5,000

How to Apply

  • Solar Projects: Successful submissions will include innovative classroom and extracurricular programs/projects that explore the science of solar energy and the generation of electricity from solar.
  • Youth Energy and Environmental Programs: Successful submissions will include energy efficiency, recycling, composting, water reclamation and/or gardening programs and clubs that serve as learning and leadership opportunities for students, the faculty and the community at large.
  • Renewable Energy or Science-Related Field Trips: Successful submissions will include transportation, admission or expenses associated with field trips that excite students about science, energy, careers in energy and the environment.
  • Green Your School Projects: Successful submissions will include energy efficiency upgrades, energy monitoring systems and communication tools that promote energy education and smart energy use at the school and in the community.
  • Professional Development/Service Learning Projects/ Workforce Development Programs: Successful submissions will include projects that expand the teacher's knowledge about renewable energy, energy resources and/or the future of the energy industry.

Grant Application

Register and Submit a Grant Application Online »

Applications for the 2015 program are due by November 1, 2015.

 

The Power of Bright Ideas

  • "The PG&E Bright Ideas grants program has provided my students with equipment to enable them to learn in a fun and exciting way. Bright Ideas has helped stretch a rather lean classroom budget, to provide activities to meet state math and science standards while also improving my teaching methods."

    Mary Funk
    Burrel Elementary School

Bright Ideas Across California

  • VIDEO: Could you live in a house this small?

    Analy High School in Sonoma received a $10,000 grant to build a fully functioning zero net energy house that relies on solar energy for its energy and to operate the heat and oven.
     
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