For Immediate Release: May 20, 2019

SMUD’s Shine program is now accepting applications

Interested nonprofits must apply by July 15


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, July 15.


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 will be holding informational sessions to help nonprofit organizations maximize their submissions. Information sessions will be held at the SMUD Customer Service Center at 6301 S Street.  RSVP to


  • Wednesday, June 26 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 2 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

In 2018, SMUD awarded more than $400,000 in Shine sponsorships to 21 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 2019 application, visit