Partnering with Local Stakeholders

Complementing the existing work and mission of trusted, local nonprofits while providing energy education

Community Engagement Grants

Silicon Valley Clean Energy worked with trusted, local nonprofits that serve underrepresented communities and hard-to-reach audiences to help advance local energy education, awareness of programs to help reduce energy bill costs, and SVCE offers and services.

The Community Engagement Grant program is currently on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2018-2019 Grant Cycle

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.

Grantees included: Acterra, El Concilio, Interfaith Power and Light, Sound of Hope, Sunnyvale Community Services and the Vietnamese Voluntary Foundation.

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.
California Interfaith Power and Light
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.
El Concilio
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
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.
Sunnyvale Community Services
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.
Vietnamese Voluntary Foundation
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.

Archived Grant Application Materials