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PGE Foundation Grants

Grants to Oregon Nonprofits for Education, Arts Education,
and Family Support Programs in Eligible Counties

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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PGE Foundation

Deadline Date:

07/13/18 - For Arts Education Applications only


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Grants to Oregon nonprofit organizations to enhance the quality of education, arts education, and family support programs, with priority given to communities in which the funding source does business. Priority counties include Columbia, Washington, Multnomah, Yamhill, Clackamas, Polk, Marion, Jefferson, Wasco, Sherman, Deschutes, Hoodriver, Gilliam, and Morrow.

The Foundation directs its resources to programs preparing young people for college and the world of work, including strategies that boost academic achievement, innovation in classroom instruction, college scholarships, and career readiness. Of particular interest are collective impact initiatives, (CTE) career technical education, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and youth development programs that help close the achievement gap for middle and high school students. Priority will go to projects that support underserved communities and deliver measurable 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.

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. That’s why the Foundation directs its resources to support arts education and cultural outreach programs that promote innovation and creativity, while also enhancing literacy and math aptitude. They also fund access to arts experiences for young people, particularly underserved students and communities of color.

Safe and Stable Families
The Foundation directs its resources to support 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. Priority will go to projects that support underserved communities and deliver measurable outcomes.

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

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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176435

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are made 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
- Organizations that are aligned with one or more of the Foundation's three focus areas.
- Organizations that comply with the Foundation's non-discrimination policy.

Not Funded:
-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 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.

The Foundation does not fund public K-12 schools directly.

Pre-Application Information:

PGE Foundation accepts grant requests based on the following due dates:

Cycle 1 — Education
Applications accepted Dec. 1 – Jan. 12, 2018 for March decision

Cycle 2 — Arts Education
Applications accepted March 1 – April 12, 2018 for June decision

Cycle 3 — Safe and Stable Families
Applications accepted June 1 - July 13, 2018 for September decision

Focus Areas:

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Kimberly Howard, Program Officer
P: 503-464-7349
F: 503-464-2929

Michele Keever, Grants Administrator
P: 503-464-8818
F: 503-464-2929

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

P: 503-464-8818
F: 503-464-2929

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon: Columbia, Washington, Multnomah, Yamhill, Clackamas, Polk, Marion, Jefferson, Wasco, Sherman, Deschutes, Hoodriver, Gilliam, and Morrow Counties