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Portland General Electric (PGE) Foundation Grant

Grants to Oregon Nonprofits in Eligible Counties for Education,
Arts and Culture, and Family Related Programming

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Foundation / Corporation

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Portland General Electric (PGE) Foundation

Deadline Date:

07/08/19 - Deadline for Cycle 3: Creative Expression


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Grants to Oregon nonprofits for education, arts, and family programs in counties where the funding source has a business presence. Funding is intended to help young people develop essential life skills, integrate the arts into education, and help families create stable environments.

Grants are awarded for operating expenses and programs. Limited grants are awarded for new and existing capital construction if the organization’s mission aligns with the Foundations' focus areas.

The PGE Foundation’s grantmaking is organized around three themes — Education, Arts Education, and Safe and Stable Families.

A cornerstone for individual success and community vitality, education has long been at the heart of PGE grantmaking. Resources are directed to programs preparing young people to be future ready, including supporting hands-on applied learning experiences that develop essential skills, provide adult mentorship or collective impact models that support system-wide transformation. Of particular interest are projects, programs or organizations that transform teaching methods that connect students to goals and aspirations, that measure age-appropriate development of essential skills (aka socio-emotional skills.) Priority will go to projects, programs or organizations that provide evidence that communities served were included in the development of the projects and/or programs and that can provide examples of intentionally focusing on communities that have faced historic or systemic barriers to reaching equal outcomes.

(Please note: Multnomah County programs should indicate their efforts to achieve outcomes based on the shared metrics of the All Hands Raised Cradle to Career Initiative. Find out more at

Public K-12 schools are not directly funded.

Arts Education
When arts and culture are integrated into the classroom experience, teachers and their students create an environment that values critical thinking, problem-solving and creative expression — skills highly valued in the workplace. Support is given arts education and cultural outreach programs that promote innovation and creativity, while also enhancing literacy and math aptitude. Funding is also offered for access to arts experiences for young people, particularly low-income students, students from rural communities, and communities of color.

Safe and Stable Families
Support is given to organizations that use preventive approaches to helping families create stable environments where children can grow and thrive, with emphasis on food insecurity, housing/homelessness, mental wellness, and parent engagement. Safe and stable families grants are directed toward programs that help parents, grandparents, and guardians caring for children (up to age 26) develop stable family relationships, economic security, and a safe and consistent home environment.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176436

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are awarded to:

- Charitable, nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations classified as 501 (c) (3) by the Internal Revenue Service or those with a qualifying equivalent status.
- Organizations based in Oregon and serving Oregonians with priority to organizations located in counties where PGE has customers and power-generating plants (see map linked in Additional Geographic Information)
- Organizations, programs and services that are aligned with one or more of the Foundation's three focus areas.
- Organizations that comply with the Foundation's non-discrimination policy.

A higher level of consideration is given to grant applications that are submitted by organizations operating collaboratively or in partnership with other nonprofits or agencies designed with measurable objectives.

Ineligible requests:

- Previous grant recipients who have not completed a final impact report
- Bridge grants, debt retirement or operational deficits
- Endowment funds
- General fund drives or annual appeals
- Requests to support political agencies, ballot measure campaigns, or candidates for political office
- Requests from fraternal, sectarian, and religious organizations if the grant is intended for the principal benefit of the organization’s own members or adherents
- Any activities or organizations for which support would violate IRS regulations for private foundations
- Direct grants to individuals
- Direct support for library operations
- Travel expenses
- Conferences, symposiums, festivals, events, team sponsorships or user fees
- Capital expenses to purchase vehicles, office furniture, computers, etc.

Pre-Application Information:

Due dates:
Cycle 1 — Education. Applications accepted Nov. 26, 2018 – Jan. 11, 2019 for a March decision.
Cycle 2 — Arts Education. Applications accepted March 1 – April 12, 2019 for a June decision.
Cycle 3 — Safe and Stable Families. Applications accepted May 24 – July 8, 2019 for a September decision.

Award determinations are made at three focus-specific board meetings. Eligible applicants may apply by completing an online grant application. Please note: Paper or email applications are not accepted.

The PGE Foundation reviews only one request per calendar year from organizations.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Click here to apply online:

Michele Keever, Grants Administrator
Phone: 503-464-8818
Fax: 503-464-2929

PGE Foundation
One World Trade Center, 3rd Floor
121 SW Salmon Street
Portland, OR 97204

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon