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, part of PG&E's Better Together Giving 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.

Direct any questions 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 in San Luis Obispo. The center received a $20,000 grant to support education, jobs and employment training for 200 residents.
  • Butte County Economic Development Corporation, in Chico received a $20,000 grant to fund digital media arts training for youth. Visit Butte County Economic Development Corporation.
  • The City of Monterey, California received a $20,000 grant for establishing a fisheries business improvement district. The district supports sustainable fishing practices. Visit The City of Monterey, California.
  • Downtown Stockton Alliance received a second economic vitality grant to continue supporting a new technology incubator program. Visit Downtown Stockton Alliance.
  • Fresno Career Development Institute received a $20,000 grant to provide job skill training and career pathway support for single parents in underserved communities.
  • Kern EDC, Bakersfield received a $20,000 grant to support a business retention and expansion program. Visit Kern EDC.
  • Mujeres Unidas y Activas, San Francisco received a $20,000 grant to support the Caring Hands workforce development program. This program provides job skills training, job placement and retention services. Visit MUA Mujeres Unidas y Activas.
  • North Bay MADE, Santa Rosa received a $20,000 grant for small business support, job creation and marketing. The grant supports the North Bay Made regional economic development program. Visit North Bay MADE.
  • UC Merced SBDC Regional Network, Fresno received a $20,000 grant to support business consultants’ availability to local entrepreneurs and small businesses. Visit UC Merced.
  • United Roots, Oakland received a $20,000 grant for the Youth HUB Fellowship Program. This program promotes social entrepreneurship training for 20 emerging young leaders. Visit United Roots.

2013 grant recipients