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We balance a far-reaching vision for community investment with the shorter-term critical issues that warrant attention.

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

Education
A cornerstone for individual success and community vitality, education has long been at the heart of our grantmaking. We direct our resources 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.)

We do not fund public K-12 schools directly.

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 we support arts education and cultural outreach programs that promote innovation and creativity, while also enhancing literacy and math aptitude. We also fund access to sequential arts learning and creative expression for young people, particularly low income students, students from rural communities and communities of color. 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.

Safe and Stable Families
We 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, 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.

Award Determinations
The PGE Foundation giving is separate from the corporate giving of Portland General Electric. We award grants for operating expenses and programs. Limited grants are awarded for new and existing capital construction if the organization’s mission aligns with our focus areas. We operate both independently and in collaboration with other funders in awarding grants to nonprofit organizations.

Award determinations are made at three focus-specific board meetings. While our board of directors considers every grant application on its own merits, they recognize the value and importance of collaboration in addressing the biggest challenges facing our community.

Eligible applicants may apply by completing a grant application and providing the following financial documents:
  • Project budget
  • Current operating budget
  • Board approved statement of financial position (balance sheet) from the most recent fiscal year
  • Most recent itemized revenue and expense report (profit and loss statement)
We accept grant requests based on the following due dates:
  • Cycle 1 — Education. Applications accepted Nov. 26, 2018 – Jan. 11, 2019 for March decision
  • Cycle 2 — Arts Education. Applications accepted March 1 – April 12, 2019 for June decision
  • Cycle 3 — Safe and Stable Families. Applications accepted May 24 – July 8, 2019 for September decision

Note: Previous grant recipients must complete a final impact report prior to submitting a new request.

Award recipients are located in counties where PGE customers or power-generating plants (PDF).

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Photo: Oregon Symphony provides performances to more than 10,000 Portland metro area students.