Funding Guidelines And Applying For Funding

Charitable Giving Guidelines

SDG&E generally accepts applications for its initiative areas of charitable giving during different seasons of the year.  Please visit each initiative link for more information on each initiative area.

  • Inspiring Youth Leaders - 1st quarter (January - March)
  • Environmental Champions - 2nd quarter (April - June)
  • Emergency Preparedness & Safety - 3rd quarter (July - September)
  • Helping People in Need - 4th quarter (October - December)
  • Military & Veterans - Year-round
  • Economic Development - Year-round

SDG&E gives preferential consideration to:

  • Programs, rather than one-time events
  • Programs in SDG&E’s initiative areas of giving 
  • Programs that serve the K-12 population and/or underserved communities.  

Exclusions and Restrictions for Charitable Contributions

We do not accept or fund requests for charitable contributions that benefit:

  • Individuals
  • Private foundations, endowment funds, or for-profit organizations
  • Groups that practice discrimination based on age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, physical or mental disabilities, race, color, religion, national origin, or ancestry
  • Sectarian or denominational religious groups, except for programs that are broadly promoted, available to anyone, and free from religious orientation
  • Political parties, candidates or partisan-political groups.

Generally, we do not fund the following:

  • Scholarship programs
  • Capital-improvements, capital equipment or building funds
  • Sporting teams and sporting events
  • Programs primarily focused on the arts and humanities
  • Programs whose beneficiaries are outside of San Diego and south Orange Counties
  • Institutions of higher learning
  • Individual schools, school foundations, or school districts.
  • General operating expenses that are unrelated to the execution of the proposed program or project
  • Travel expenses not directly related to the execution of the project
  • Loans or loan guarantees
  • Debt reduction or past operating deficits
  • Liquidation of an organization
  • Reducing or donating the cost of any natural gas or electrical service.

Applying for Funding

The following is required of grant applicants and current grantees:

  • Applicants must be non-profit organizations with valid tax identification as determined by the Internal Revenue Service.
  • List of non-profit Board of Directors
  • Agreement to provide a year-end report on the community impact associated with a grant award, upon SDG&E request
  • An organizational or event-based budget for funding being requested
  • Applicants must file their application online at the links listed below or using a link to our seasonal giving initiative.

Although organizations may make unlimited grant requests, SDG&E generally awards one grant request for each qualifying organization applicant per year.

Your Application

Please ensure that you have a valid non-profit Tax ID number before beginning the application, as it will be validated through the IRS database. Additionally, please ensure the address submitted with your application matches the address on file with the IRS.

If you are applying for grant funding under one of SDG&E’s seasonal giving initiatives (i.e. Inspiring Future Leaders, Environmental Champions, Emergency Preparedness and Safety, Helping People in Need), please use the initiative link posted at the webpage for the given initiative.  Please do not use the general application for funding below. 

Supplemental application documents may be uploaded for SDG&E’s consideration on the last page of the online application.

Upon submitting your application, you will receive a confirmation email with a tracking number. 

You may save your application without completing or submitting it.  To continue an application already in progress, you may access it at this link: Continue Application.

Generally, the timeline to review and assess each application is up to eight weeks.

SDG&E determines approved grant amounts on the basis of application content, availability of charitable funds, and other internal and external factors.