SoCalGas Seeks Nonprofits for Environmental Champions Grant Program

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Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has kicked off its 2019 Environmental Champions Grant initiative, which seeks applications focused on clean air, clean energy and renewable natural gas.

Nonprofit organizations can apply for grants of up to $25,000 each between May 2 and June 5. Winners will be selected and notified of their selection in September.

Last year, SoCalGas awarded nearly $400,000 in grants to 32 nonprofits for projects related to clean air, energy or water. Since its inception in 2015, the initiative, which is funded by Sempra Energy shareholders, has awarded more than 150 grants totaling over $2 million.

“SoCalGas is committed to being the cleanest natural gas utility in North America, and part of that commitment is helping advance the work of the environmental champions working to improve our local communities each day,” says Sharon Tomkins, vice president of strategy and engagement for SoCalGas. “Since our Environmental Champions initiative launched in 2015, SoCalGas has been proud to partner with more than 150 local leaders to develop projects that help improve our environment and tackle climate change.”

Last year’s winners included the San Bernardino Valley College Foundation, whose Compressed Natural gas, Electric and Hybrid Training Expansion project is expanding the heavy-duty engine repair training program at San Bernardino Valley College by adding a second equipment lab. Another winner was Energy Independence Now, whose Hydrogen Solutions for California’s Clean Economy project engages stakeholders on the health, economic and environmental benefits of fuel cell electric vehicles and renewable/carbon-free hydrogen.

More information on applying can be found here.

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