For Immediate Release: January 31, 2022

SMUD’s Shine invests $650,000 into local projects

For healthier environments, well-being, small business and clean energy

SMUD’s Shine program, which enters its fifth year of serving Sacramento in 2022, announces today that it will fund 36 nonprofits with $650,000 to launch quick-action projects that focus on reinvigorating neighborhoods, engaging youth, restoring habitats, lifting local business, beautifying common areas and inviting all residents to participate in the 2030 Clean Energy Vision.

From significant HVAC energy upgrades for seniors, veterans and individuals with disabilities in underserved communities; walkability upgrades along Tillotson Parkway that enhance student access to parks and schools in south Sacramento; to a new solar powered waste compactor in midtown and workforce and literacy programs for refugee communities, the various projects elevate the visions of passionate nonprofits to create a better and healthier Sacramento with shovel-ready projects that will have lasting results.

“As a community-owned organization, SMUD constantly strives to improve the lives of all community members,” said SMUD CEO and General Manager Paul Lau. “And for us to achieve our ambitious 2030 Zero Carbon Plan, we recognize that every community member must join us on this journey to eliminate all carbon emissions from the power supply. This year’s Shine funding reflects that commitment to environmental leadership and community wellness. From clean energy education and outreach, environmental justice training, energy efficiency upgrades to workforce skills for under-resourced communities, this year’s funding represents the largest investment yet by Shine. This important collaboration will harness the willpower and imagination of local nonprofits, regional partners and the communities we serve to make meaningful change that will benefit the entire region for generations to come.”

This year, 215 organizations participated in program education sessions and 94 of them moved forward and submitted applications in a competitive process. Per Shine requirements, SMUD’s investments are matched by the community organizations for optimal impact.

The 36 nonprofits include Rebuilding Together Sacramento, Stockton Boulevard Partnership, Southarea Recreational, Inc; Roberts Family Development Center; Sacramento Food Bank (Rio Linda site); Sacramento Valley Conservancy; World Relief Sacramento; Freedom Through Education; Alianza (fiscal La Familia Counseling Center); Pacific Rim Foundation; Carmichael Park Foundation; Single Mom Strong; ReImagine Mack Road Foundation; Natomas Garden and Arts Club; Los Rios Community College Foundation; Sacramento Asian Sports Foundation; Galt Chamber of Commerce; Architects of Hope; Voices of Youth; Folsom Economic Development Corporation; FITRAH; 80-Watt District; R Street Sacramento Partnership; Sisters Inspiring Sisters; Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates; Paratransit; Junior Achievement of Sacramento; Capital College and Career Academy; Atrium; Sierra Service Project; Sacramento Metro Chamber Foundation; Franklin Neighborhood Development Corporation; Midtown Association; International Rescue Committee; 350 Sacramento and Central United Methodist Church.

SMUD will take in active role in monitoring performance and progress of each project. SMUD will also support projects during critical junctures of implementation. 
Shine awards range from $5,000 to $100,000. Any 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). 

On Tuesday, February 1, the SMUD Board of Directors will hold a virtual celebration to recognize the nonprofits for all their hard work and determination to improve Sacramento communities.

For more information about the SMUD Shine program, visit