Economic Vitality Grants

Helping Create Jobs and Opportunity throughout California

At PG&E, we recognize that many communities continue to face economic challenges and difficulty attracting the resources necessary to support economic development and job creation. That's why we created the Economic Vitality Grant Program.

Program Overview

As part of our broader charitable commitment to economic development initiatives, PG&E’s 2015 Economic Vitality Grant Program is investing $200,000 in programs designed to boost local job creation and promote economic opportunity throughout our service area.

Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded for programs in the following four general categories:

  • Business attraction, retention or expansion
  • Workforce training
  • Business development, incubation, or acceleration 
  • Other innovative programs supporting job creation

The Economic Vitality Grant Program is funded entirely by PG&E’s shareholders.

How to Apply

The online application period for 2015 is now closed.

Organizations located within our service area that were eligible to apply include:
  • 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations
  • Educational institutions
  • Local government organizations

The competitive grant program determines funding based upon the extent to which an applicant's project or program demonstrates the ability to generate jobs and other economic impacts. The community need for job creation and economic opportunity will be a strong factor when considering grant applications.

All questions should be directed to Please include “Economic Vitality Grant Program” in the subject line.

2015 Grant Recipients

  • Fresno Community Development Financial Institution, Fresno - Training and technical assistance for low-income entrepreneurs: Will support 14 workshops to provide low-income and underserved entrepreneurs with access to training, technical assistance, and capital for their business.
  • San Joaquin County Office of Education, Stockton - Career development training: Will fund a career development pilot program in which 20 Corps members will enhance their soft skills, build resumes, learn interviewing skills, and access job search tools and resources.
  • Amador Community College Foundation, Sutter Creek - Career-building opportunities for students: Will support the hiring of a part-time internship coordinator to help place students in internships, connect students to career counseling resources, and provide financial literacy training.
  • Mendocino Private Industry Council, Inc., Ukiah - Vocational training for at-risk youth: Will support the MendoLake Youth Works Program in rural Lake County, allowing for an additional 10 to 15 at-risk youth to gain job and community engagement skills.
  • Northern Rural Communities Development, Inc., Chico - Initiative to expand the manufacturing industry: Will support the Grow Manufacturing initiative, which provides train-the-trainer classes for high school and career technical education teachers leading classes on manufacturing technology, and identifying potential manufacturing sites in Oroville.
  • West Sacramento Foundation, West Sacramento - Job training for youth in engineering design and technology: Will enable junior and senior high school students to participate in work-based learning internships that provide job training in engineering design or engineering technology.
  • Digital NEST, Watsonville - Ag-Tech App Development Boot Camp: Will provide training for low-income Latino youth and young adults in Watsonville to develop apps that help small farmers better manage water and labor resources—building the skills necessary to participate in the high-tech economy.
  • Mission Community Services Corporation, San Luis Obispo - Support for entrepreneurs and women-owned businesses: Will support workshops for new entrepreneurs in both English and Spanish, individual consulting for students, and specialized consulting for businesses seeking 8(a) and women-owned small business certification.
  • San Jose Conservation Corps & Charter School, San Jose - Turf conversion training program for at-risk youth: Will fund a training program that teaches at-risk youth how to complete turf conversion projects that bring more drought-friendly landscaping to low-income homes throughout Santa Clara County.
  • Center for Media Change, Inc. (d.b.a. Hack the Hood), Oakland - Tech training for low-income youth: Will support training for 26 low-income youth from disadvantaged communities in technology, entrepreneurship, and marketing skills.

2014 Grant Recipients

  • America’s Job Center, the education, training and employment division of Goodwill Industries of Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties, San Luis Obispo received a $20,000 grant to support education, job and employability training for 200 residents.
  • Butte County Economic Development Corporation, Chico received a $20,000 grant to fund digital media arts training for youth.
  • The City of Monterey, Monterey received a $20,000 grant to fund efforts to establish a fisheries business improvement district to establish sustainable fishing practices.
  • Downtown Stockton Alliance, Stockton received its second economic vitality grant to continue supporting a new technology incubator program in Stockton.
  • Fresno Career Development Institute, Fresno received a $20,000 grant to provide job skill training and career pathway support for single parents in underserved communities.
  • Kern Economic Development Corporation, Bakersfield received a $20,000 grant to support their business retention and expansion program.
  • Mujeres Unidas y Activas, San Francisco received a $20,000 grant to support the Caring Hands workforce development program which includes job skills training, job placement and retention services.
  • New Vision Santa Rosa, Santa Rosa received a $20,000 grant for small business support, job creation and marketing for the North Bay Made regional economic development program.
  • UC Merced SBDC Regional Network, Fresno received a $20,000 grant to support making business consultants available to local entrepreneurs and small businesses.
  • United Roots, Oakland received a $20,000 grant for the Youth HUB Fellowship Program, a social entrepreneurship training program for 20 emerging young leaders.


See a Map of the 2014 Grantees

  • Final 10 Grants in California

    In its second year, the 10 Economic Vitality Grant program recipients were spread throughout Northern and Central California.

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