Environmental Champions Initiative

SDG&E’s Environmental Champions initiative supports 501(c)3 non-profit organizations whose programs work to improve our local environment in San Diego County and southern Orange County.

This year, Environmental Champions grants will support efforts to increase climate science education in our region. Applications must address how their program works to inform and inspire the public to take action to protect our planet from future climate impacts.

Funds will support environmental programs that incorporate climate science education into one or more of the following topics:

  • Clean air
  • Clean water
  • Waste reduction
  • Water conservation

Through this year’s initiative, organizations can apply for program funding that supports the following programs, with preference given to programs located in low-income and disadvantaged communities:

  • Environmental education programs for youth and adults
  • Environmental community engagement programs, such as volunteer participation, community advocacy

Grant/Initiative Amount

Individual 501(c)3 organizations may apply for grants up to $25,000. Grants will be awarded in amounts varying from $2,500 to $25,000.

The 2018 Grant Cycle is Now Closed.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Use the link that is provided to you by the Manager of the Initiative.

  1. You will need the username and password of the applicant’s organization. If the organization has applied in the past, someone should have that information. If not, be prepared to create a username and password. You may want to write this down so other people in your organization can see past applications.
  2. Next, enter the applying organization’s non-profit (e.g. tax id #12-3456789 with or without the dash). If you do not have a valid non-profit tax id number, but have an organization that is a valid non-profit and has agreed to be your fiduciary or fiscal agent, following the instructions below:
    • Enter the applying organization’s tax id number and address, if it is a fiduciary or fiscal agent, use their tax id number and address;
    • Enter the applying organization’s name;
    • Enter the legal name of the applying organization, if it is a fiduciary or fiscal agent, use their legal name; 
    • Enter applying organization’s CEO or ED’s contact information; 
    • Enter applying organization’s primary contact information;
    • Attach applying organization’s Board of Directors list;
    • Attach applying organization’s Annual budget;
    • Attach applying organization’s Program budget;
    • Attach applying organization’s Annual report (if available; Details for your program, including budget and impact);
    • Enter applying organization’s social media information, including links, handles and number of followers.
  3.  Lastly, if you are a Grant Writer and you assist more than one Organization, make sure you are using the right tax ID number for that organization.

Use the address that is on file with the IRS. If you have moved and the current address associated with the Organization has not been updated through the IRS, use the address on the organization’s website or their PO Box mailing address (do not use a home address).

Yes, click on save and finish later. When you go back into the application, follow the instructions from there.

Tips: Save and print a PDF file for your records.

Thank you and good luck!

Contact Information

For additional information, please view the frequently asked questions.