SMUD's 2021 Shine program is now accepting applications
Interested nonprofits must apply by July 30th
SMUD announced today that the application period for its Shine program is now open. Shine is a community development program designed to support and revitalize communities in the Sacramento region.
Shine awards will range from $5,000 to $100,000 and are very competitive. Any incorporated nonprofit organization 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 Friday, July 30, by 5 p.m.
While SMUD will consider a variety of projects, it is primarily interested in proposals in the following areas:
- Community education related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, health and safety, technology skills and STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
- Neighborhood revitalization or beautification
- Inclusive and equitable clean energy solutions, including energy efficiency, energy conservation and greenhouse gas reduction
- Services provided to low-income electricity customers
- Community and workforce development, particularly for diverse and under-served communities
- Public transit, and walkability access and safety
SMUD will hold six informational webinars to help nonprofit organizations maximize their submissions.
- Monday, June 7; 1–3 p.m.
- Wednesday, June 16; 9–11 a.m.
- Friday, June 25; 3–5 p.m.
- Wednesday, July 7; 1–3 p.m.
- Friday, July 16; 9–11 a.m.
- Monday, July 26; 3–5 p.m.
A registration link can be found on smud.org/Shine.
In 2020, SMUD awarded $600,000 in Shine award funding to 29 local nonprofits. SMUD received a wide range of applications and then selected projects that were able to demonstrate collaboration and broad community impact.
Each year SMUD contributes approximately $3 million in cash and in-kind services to community-based organizations. SMUD will continue to support healthy, vibrant and economically sustainable neighborhoods for all of our customers, with a special eye toward improving equity in our region through SMUD’s Sustainable Communities program. For more information and access to the application, visit smud.org/Shine.
As the nation’s sixth-largest, community-owned, not-for-profit, electric service provider, SMUD has been providing low-cost, reliable electricity to Sacramento County for nearly 75 years. SMUD is a recognized industry leader and award winner for its innovative energy efficiency programs, renewable power technologies and for its sustainable solutions for a healthier environment. SMUD’s power mix is about 50 percent non-carbon emitting. For more information, about SMUD, visit smud.org.