Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) awarded a total of $75,000 in grant funds to six local organizations to collaborate on outreach to traditionally hard-to-reach and underserved residential customers. These grants complement the existing work and mission of trusted, local nonprofits while communicating SVCE’s services to a wide range of audiences.
The grant cycle is one year with the potential of continuing the program and awarding additional grants in 2019. These organizations will play a critical role in SVCE’s outreach strategy, helping the agency reach a broader audience and build the connections to promote and inform future programs.
For more information on this year’s grant awardees please see below.
We are no longer accepting applications for the Community Engagement Grant.
Grantees include: Acterra, El Concilio, Interfaith Power and Light, Sound of Hope, Sunnyvale Community Services and the Vietnamese Voluntary Foundation.
Sunnyvale Community Services (SCS) offers emergency financial assistance and services to SVCE’s largest member community, the City of Sunnyvale. SCS will host an energy education workshop and share SVCE information at food distribution sites, low-income Title I schools, local libraries and community centers.
Several other grant recipients also reach low-income and non-English speaking residents. El Concilio, an organization dedicated to improving quality of life for underserved communities in the counties of Santa Clara and San Mateo, will share SVCE information regularly at community events, food distribution sites, health centers and the Santa Clara Mexican Consulate.
Sound of Hope, a nonprofit organization and radio network that informs and educates the Chinese-speaking community on local issues, will host an in-person workshop to help residents understand their energy bill and share information at community events.
The Vietnamese Voluntary Foundation will communicate how SVCE benefits their clients at community events and through their existing programs and services, such as in-office case management services and classes on computer skills, English as a second language and citizenship.
California Interfaith Power and Light (CIPL) works with faith-based communities of all religions to combat climate change. CIPL will offer sample sermons, faith responses to climate change, welcome packets and information about SVCE to engage their member congregations.
Acterra, an environmental education and community action nonprofit, will host energy clinics at local libraries and senior centers. These drop-in events will give residents an opportunity to speak one-on-one with a representative who can answer questions about their energy bills.