Southern California Gas Co. is soliciting applications for its Environmental Champions Initiative, in which $500,000 will be doled out to nonprofit organizations with programs dedicated to cleaner air, energy and water conservation.
SoCalGas will award one-year grants in the amounts of $10,000, $15,000, $20,000 and $25,000 to nonprofit groups in 12 counties it serves, including San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino.
In order to be considered to receive a grant, programs need to:
— address clean air, energy and/or water conservation issues
— support low-income communities of color with limited resources
— impact multiple communities or the region as a whole
— be easily replicated in other areas
— have other partial funding
— minimize administrative costs
— have measurable outcomes within 12 months
— involve large groups of diverse volunteers
— have significant outreach opportunities
Last year, SoCalGas awarded 37 grants to nonprofit organizations across its service territory.
“Those groups focused on everything from harvesting rainwater at a community garden to providing green space to neighborhoods to making areas more accessible by bicycles and foot traffic,” according to the utility.
Nonprofit organizations need to submit their applications by 5 p.m. on Aug. 8. Guidelines and the link to the online application are available at: https://www.socalgas.com/our-community/protecting-preserving-the-environment.
Applicants will receive a confirmation email once the application is submitted. Organizations receiving grants will be notified by Nov. 14.
–City News Service
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