For Immediate Release: June 19, 2017

SMUD Shine program application deadline is June 26

SMUD’s recently announced Shine program, a new community development program designed to improve and revitalize neighborhoods in the Sacramento region, will stop accepting applications at 11:59 p.m. on June 26—one week from today.

Shine awards will range from $5,000 to $100,000 and are very competitive. Any nonprofit organization —501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6)— within SMUD’s service territory is eligible to apply.

Shine awards are available at three funding levels: Spark (up to $10,000), Amplifier (up to $50,000) and Transformer (up to $100,000).

While SMUD will consider a broad variety of potential projects, it is primarily interested in proposals within the following areas:

  • Neighborhood revitalization or clean up
  • STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
  • Environmental, energy-efficiency, energy conservation or greenhouse gas reduction
  • General beautification

SMUD awarded three pilot Shine sponsorships over the past six months to test the feasibility and administration of the program. Those grants include:

  • Lighting up the Kay and St. Rose of Lima Park (Applicant: Downtown Sacramento Partnership)
  • Creating the College and Sports Academy of Del Paso Heights (Applicant: Mutual Assistance Network of Del Paso Heights)
  • Renovating the Wellspring Women’s Center kitchen (Applicant: Wellspring Women’s Center)

For more information about the SMUD Shine program and to apply today, visit

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