To support community investment in climate innovation, the PG&E Corporation Foundation is funding a new three-year grant program
OAKLAND, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The PG&E Corporation Foundation (Foundation) has launched a new grant program that will provide northern and central California communities with up to $1.5 million over three years to support environmental stewardship.
Climate change threatens California’s natural environment, and these grants will help communities mobilize and invest in solutions that can begin to address this challenge. The new program is designed to support resilient solutions that are both innovative and replicable, so they can be shared as widely as possible to build more sustainable habitats and communities.
For 2022, the better together Nature Positive Innovation Grant Program will award up to $500,000 in total – in five regional grants of $100,000 – to fund projects that address environmental stewardship focus areas of land stewardship, air quality and water stewardship. One grant will be awarded for each of the five regions in the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) service area.
These grants are offered in addition to Resilience Centers Grant Program, now in its second year. This program is designed to help communities create a physical space or set of resources that support community resilience – such as access to electricity, shelter and information – to climate-related disruptions, including wildfires and public safety power outage events (PSPS). Once developed, these “resilience hubs” can also be accessed year-round as a community resource.
For 2022, the Resilience Hubs grant program will award a total of $400,000 in grants at the $25,000 and $100,000 levels. These grants will be funded by PG&E shareholders as part of the company’s investments in statewide wildfire resilience and response, pursuant to a mandate from the California Public Utilities Commission.
“The need for California communities to find ways to meet the challenge of climate change will only accelerate in the years to come,” said Carla Peterman, executive vice president, corporate affairs and chief sustainability officer, PG&E. Corporation and Chairman of the Board of PG&E. Foundation of the company. “These programs are designed to help the hometowns we serve develop sustainable and equitable strategies that cities, towns, and tribal communities across the state can learn from and emulate.”
Priority for both grant programs will be given to projects that meet the needs of disadvantaged and/or vulnerable communities. The strategies and solutions resulting from the grants will be made public to help all communities and encourage local and regional partnerships.
Better Together Nature Positive Innovation proposals can cover any stage of an environmental stewardship project, including but not limited to planning, construction, design, education, and coordination.
Resilience Center proposals may include conducting a feasibility analysis to assess the needs of the resilience center through local engagement, planning and designing physical spaces or mobile resources that will provide community resilience benefits , or retrofitting existing buildings or structures to support community resilience.
To be eligible, applicants for either program must be a government organization (including tribal governments), an educational institution, or a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Learn more about the Better Together Nature Positive Innovation Grant Program.
Learn more about the Resilience Centers Grant Program.
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About the PG&E Corporation Foundation
The PG&E Corporation Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, separate from PG&E and sponsored by PG&E Corporation.