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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 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.)

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 arts experiences for young people, particularly underserved students and communities of color.

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 that support underserved communities and deliver measurable 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 Dec. 1 – Jan. 12, 2018 for March decision
  • Cycle 2 — Arts Education. Applications accepted March 1 – April 13, 2018 for June decision
  • Cycle 3 — Safe and Stable Families. Applications accepted May 25 – July 6, 2018 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.