Peninsula Clean Energy

2023 Community Outreach Grants Call for Applications

Responses are due Monday, October 17, 2022.
For complete Call for Proposals and instructions on how to apply, please see the 2023 Community Outreach Grant Guidelines and Call for Applications. Submit questions to Vanessa Shin by September 23, 2022 at

Call for Proposals Overview
Does your organization work with residents in San Mateo County or in the City of Los Banos? Harness the power of your existing communications, outreach, and services to help the environment and assist residents in saving money at the same time.

Peninsula Clean Energy invites applications for grants up to $45,000 to collaborate on outreach to residents in San Mateo County or in the City of Los Banos.

Grant Program Eligibility
All 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or their fiscally sponsored projects with an established track record of public outreach, communications, providing social services, or case management in San Mateo County or in the City of Los Banos are eligible and encouraged to apply.

Grant Program Goals
Peninsula Clean Energy invites nonprofit organizations to apply for grants to fund collaboration with our outreach team to provide accurate information about Peninsula Clean Energy and/or help enroll your constituents in our programs. Grants will be awarded in amounts up to $45,000 per outreach project for work to be completed within one year. Organizations may apply for funding for more than one project.

All proposed work plans should include general outreach and education about Peninsula Clean Energy. In addition, proposals should also address any combination of additional goals as described below.

Goals for All Grants (Required)

  1. Communicate basic messages about Peninsula Clean Energy and provide feedback to Peninsula Clean Energy on community programs and messaging.
  2. For organizations serving San Mateo County, conduct outreach to support education and gather input about local climate action goals as needed.

Goals for Grants Focused on Low-Income and Underserved Communities

  1. Communicate eligibility for Medical Baseline, CARE, FERA and other discount programs, and help customers enroll. Help residents avoid the PG&E disconnection process.
  2. Explain how Peninsula Clean Energy savings appear on residential energy bills.
  3. Conduct outreach around Peninsula Clean Energy’s used electric vehicle programs, income-qualified home upgrade program, and other income-qualified programs from Peninsula Clean Energy as they are launched.
  4. Assist customers in registering for Peninsula Clean Energy programs, for example helping customers fill out online enrollment forms. Priority audience: Low-income residents of San Mateo County or Los Banos, emphasizing audiences with language, technology, and other barriers to participation in energy programs

Goals for Grants Focused on Public Education

  1. Electric Vehicles (EVs): Educate residents and key community influencers about the benefits of electric vehicles, how to adopt them, and Peninsula Clean Energy programs supporting EVs.
  2. Building Electrification: Educate residents and key community influencers about the benefits of building electrification and specific programs and incentives. Examples include education on heat pump water heaters, electric and induction cooking, solar and backup batteries, and project financing.
  3. Conduct outreach for other programs from Peninsula Clean Energy as they are launched. Benefits of EVs, backup power, and electric appliances should include financial, health, safety, and environmental considerations. Other considerations may be included where appropriate. Priority audience: All San Mateo County or Los Banos residents, including community leaders and influencers

Grant Application Process and Requirements

Please send email application materials to Vanessa Shin, with the subject line “Community Outreach Grant Application.” All application materials are due by October 17, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

The estimated timeline for this process is outlined below. This timeline is subject to change.

  • September 9, 2022: Call for Applications posted on Peninsula Clean Energy website
  • September 23, 2022: Questions due for Q&A. Please send questions to Vanessa Shin, with the subject line “Community Outreach Grant Questions”
  • October 3, 2022: Q&A posted on Peninsula Clean Energy website
  • October 17, 2022: Proposals due
  • January 1, 2023: Grant period begins

Complete applications must include:

  • Narrative (up to 5 pages)
  • Work plan and budget using table format provided below
  • For nonprofit organization, your 501(c)(3) letter OR fiscal sponsor materials


Outreach Grant Documents