For Immediate Release: May 7, 2018

SMUD's Shine program is now accepting applications

Interested nonprofits must apply by June 25

SMUD announced today that the application period for its Shine program is now open. Shine is a community development program designed to improve and revitalize neighborhoods in the Sacramento region. 

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). Applications will be accepted through Monday, June 25. 

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
“We were thrilled by the response we received to the launch of the Shine program last year,” said SMUD CEO and General Manager Arlen Orchard. “Our community is very lucky to have a large group of dedicated nonprofits focused on improving our neighborhoods, and we’re excited to help them continue their great work in 2018.”

In 2017, SMUD awarded over $400,000 in Shine sponsorships to twenty local nonprofits. SMUD received a wide range of applications and the selected projects were able to successfully demonstrate collaboration and the potential for broad neighborhood impact.

For more information about the SMUD Shine program, including a list of last year’s winners and a link to the 2018 application, visit