For Immediate Release: December 14, 2017

SMUD announces recipients of $400,000 in community sponsorships

Twenty-one local nonprofits will receive Shine awards to help beautify neighborhoods, improve educational access and more.


      SMUD today announced the recipients of its inaugural Shine community-sponsorship program. Shine is a new program designed to improve and revitalize neighborhoods in the Sacramento region. Shine awards range from $5,000 to $100,000 and all 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(6) organizations within SMUD’s service territory were eligible to apply.  Awards this year totaled $400,000.  

      “We’re passionate about helping improve the neighborhoods in our region,” said SMUD CEO and General Manager Arlen Orchard. “Because we’re community-owned and not-for-profit, everything we do is for the benefit of our customers. Shine has given us the chance to learn what our neighborhoods need most, so we can work with other local nonprofits to make positive, lasting changes in ways that our customers will see and experience every day.” 

      SMUD received a wide range of applications and the selected projects were able to successfully demonstrate collaboration and the potential for broad neighborhood impact. Winners are located all over Sacramento County and most of the proposals fit within the following categories:

  • Neighborhood revitalization or cleanup
  • STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
  • Environment, energy-efficiency and energy conservation
  • General beautification

Winners include:

Wind Youth Services


Facility improvements to support homeless youth

Sacramento Native American Health Center, Inc.


Facility improvements and energy efficiency upgrades

Health Education Council


Park improvement projects

Square Root Academy


Expansion of STEM education program



Fairytale Town


Development of free after-school youth program

Sierra Nevada Journeys


STEM and outdoor science program

Crocker Art Museum


Arts engagement initiative

My Sister’s House


Facility improvements

Sacramento Parks Foundation


Park improvement projects

California FFA Foundation


Career pathways video development

NeighborWorks Sacramento


Neighborhood improvement

Del Paso Boulevard Partnership


Facility improvements with STEM component

Greater Broadway Partnership


Neighborhood cleanup initiative

Stockton Boulevard Partnership


Facility improvements and neighborhood cleanup

Common Ground Community Development Corporation


Community garden and educational initiative

Rosemont Community Foundation


Neighborhood cleanup initiative



Community garden development

Center for Land-Based Learning


Habitat restoration and educational project

Sunrise Little League


Park and sports field improvement

William Land Elementary


Facility improvement

Watt Avenue Partnership


Lighting improvements


      Each year SMUD contributes approximately $2 million in cash and in-kind services to community based organizations. SMUD’s year-round community sponsorship program will continue to fund small events and programs throughout the year. Applications for the 2018 Shine program are expected to open in May. 

      For more information about SMUD’s corporate citizenship programs, visit For more information about the Shine program, visit