Education

Improving student outcomes through hands-on programs and workforce development

We believe that education is the cornerstone of individual success and community vitality. That's why we're committed to partnering with organizations that provide young people with real opportunities for the future. Our goal is to offer students a clear pathway to higher education and/or a career.

If you're interested in submitting a proposal for an education program, consider:

  • Hands-on applied learning experience, specifically initiatives that connect students to the world of work
  • Curriculum that engages students with goals and aspirations, provides opportunities for adult mentorship and measures age-appropriate development of essential skills (e.g., socio-emotional skills)
  • Collective impact models that support system-wide transformation

We prioritize programs that use input from the community they're serving and intentionally focus on communities that have faced historic or systemic barriers in reaching equal outcomes.

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.

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Award Determinations

Our grants are separate from the corporate contributions of Portland General Electric. In addition to awarding project and program grants, we also award grants for operating expenses and new and existing capital construction projects for organizations whose mission, vision and values align with our funding opportunities.

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.