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Portland General Electric (PGE) Foundation Grant

Grants to Oregon Nonprofits in Eligible Counties
for Programs that Benefit Local Residents

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Portland General Electric (PGE) Foundation

Deadline Date:

07/10/20 - Deadline for Cycle 3: Safe and Stable Families


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Grants to Oregon nonprofits for programs that benefit local residents in counties where the funding source has a business presence. Funding is intended to support projects and activities within the focus areas of education, arts, and family development. The goal of the grant is to help young people develop essential life skills, integrate arts into education, and help families create stable environments. Priority is given to groups located in counties where PGE has customers and power-generating plants.

If you're interested in submitting a proposal for an education program, consider:

  • Hands-on applied learning experience, specifically initiatives that connect students to the world of work
  • Curriculum that engages students with goals and aspirations, provides opportunities for adult mentorship and measures age-appropriate development of essential skills (e.g., socio-emotional skills)
  • Collective impact models that support system-wide transformation

If you're interested in submitting a proposal for a creative expression program, consider:

  • Curriculum that offers access to sequential arts learning
  • Programs that promote youth development using creative expression to foster social emotional skills crucial to becoming active contributors to our community
  • Arts and cultural programs integrated into classroom curriculum that promotes innovation and creativity, while also enhancing literacy and math aptitude

If you're interested in submitting a proposal for a family-oriented program, consider:

  • Preventive approaches that help families create stable environments where children can grow and thrive, with emphasis on addressing food insecurity, housing/homelessness, mental wellness and parent engagement
  • 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 groups located in counties where PGE has customers and power-generating plants
- 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 nondiscrimination policy

The Foundation extends a higher level of consideration to grant applications that are:
- Submitted by organizations operating collaboratively or in partnership with other nonprofits or agencies
- Designed with measurable objectives
- Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in their mission and operations

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 entities, ballot measure campaigns or candidates for political office
- Requests from organizations that discriminate, in services provided and/or hiring practices, based on race, religion, nationality, ethnicity, sex, marital status, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, veterans status or color
- Requests from fraternal, sectarian and/or religious organizations, especially 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, or capital
- 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 are accepted Nov. 25, 2019 to Jan. 11, 2020 for a March decision.
- Cycle 2: Creative Expression. Applications are accepted March 2 to April 10, 2020 for a June decision.
- Cycle 3: Safe and Stable Families. Applications are accepted May 25 to July 10, 2020 for a September decision.

Award determinations are made at three focus-specific board meetings.

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


Creative Expression:

Safe and Stable Families:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Michele Keever. Grants Administrator

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

Grant Coverage Areas:

Counties where PGE has customers and power-generating plants:

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Geographic Focus:

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