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.

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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