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How to apply

The foundation will award grants at three focus-specific board meetings

Eligible applicants may apply by completing an online grant application.*

The application will ask you to provide 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)

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*Note: We do not accept paper or email applications.


The PGE Foundation reviews only one request per calendar year from an organization. 

Previous grant recipients must complete an impact report prior to submitting a new request.

We award grants 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 groups located in counties where PGE has customers and power-generating plants
  • Organizations, programs and services that are aligned with one or more of our three focus areas
  • Organizations that comply with our nondiscrimination policy

Requests that receive greater consideration

We extend a higher level of consideration to grant applications that are:

  • Submitted by organizations operating collaboratively or in partnership with other nonprofits or agencies
  • Designed with measurable objectives
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in their mission and operations

Requests that won’t be considered

We do not consider requests for:

  • 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/or religious organizations, especially 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, or capital
  • Travel expenses
  • Conferences, symposiums, festivals, events, team sponsorships or user fees
  • Capital expenses to purchase vehicles, office furniture, computers, etc.


If you have questions about how to apply for a grant, email us at