PG&E Better Together Resilient Communities Grant Program
The Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) Better Together Resilient Communities grant program funds initiatives to help California communities better prepare for, withstand, and recover from extreme weather events and other risks related to climate change. PG&E is investing $2 million over five years in shareholder-funded grants. In 2018, PG&E focused on projects to help communities prepare for increased frequency and severity of extreme heat events, and the 2019 Resilient Communities grant program focused on wildfire risk. Priority has been given to projects located in elevated or extreme fire risk areas and that address the needs of environmental and social justice communities.
In 2019, PG&E awarded four $100,000 grants that "build community capacity to reduce wildfire risk and support healthy and resilient forests and watersheds" to Hopland Band of Pomo Indians, Ag Innovations, New Paradigm College, and Pepperwood Preserve.
This resource was featured in the May 4, 2017, ASAP Newsletter.
"In an effort to promote local resilience to climate change, PG&E is investing $2 million over five years through the Better Together Resilient Communities grant program to support local climate resilience initiatives. This year's theme is extreme heat, and PG&E will be giving out four awards at $100,000 each this year. Deadline for applications is May 11. Find out more information and apply here."
- The Hopland Band of Pomo Indians Inter-Tribal Wildfire Resiliency Project will use their grant to build capacity among Tribes with respect to fire resiliency.
- The Ag Innovations Fire Smarts Project aims to launch a Fire Safe Council in Calistoga.
- The New Paradigm College Ecological Restoration and Workforce Development Project aims to develop a tribal workforce development curriculum to engage in ecological restoration.
- The Pepperwood Preserve Forest Management Data Toolkit Project aims to launch a data toolkit for forest management to increase the pace of fuel reduction planning and implementation.
To be eligible, applicants must be a governmental organization, educational institution or 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. All applicants must include a local government within PG&E's service area (northern and central California) as a partner.
Grant proposals are assessed according to the following criteria:
Partnerships: the extent to which the proposal reflects a collaborative effort among multiple organizations
Replicability: the extent to which the proposal identifies how others can learn from and adopt the resulting strategies and solutions
Assistance to disadvantaged communities: the extent to which the proposal addresses the identified needs of frontline communities
Measurable impact: the extent to which the proposal includes practical, measurable and innovative ways to address community needs and climate risks
Publication Date: March 1, 2018
- Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)
- Biodiversity and ecosystems
- Land management and conservation
- Frontline Communities
- Water resources
- Small communities
- Funding program
It is great to see companies invest in the communities they reside in. This grant is so unique because although utility companies may provide grants for a variety of issue areas, rarely are they specifically targeted towards environmental causes. This grant is also significant because often times utility companies cause environmental degradation to the community (people and plant) and readily fight any form of strong regulations. I would like to see other utility companies follow this same model. I certainly plan to take this concept to my local utility company-DTE Energy. Also, it would be great if PG&E would be willing to advise other utility companies on how to establish this type of grant program. However, utility companies MUST know that providing funding to the community is by NO MEANS a licence or pass to keep polluting, in fact readily embracing the triple-bottom-line is something that ALL companies should be doing. Great job PG&E!!