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Energy Trust grant program helps nonprofits reach diverse communities

Energy Trust is focused on bringing clean, affordable energy to all. However, certain customer groups – including Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) communities, people with low incomes and those living in rural areas – have historically been underserved by Energy Trust’s programs and services.

Recognizing the value of leveraging community-based organizations’ expertise and connections to bring the benefits of clean energy to these customers, Energy Trust began offering Working Together Grants in 2022. This is a competitive grant opportunity with funding up to $10,000 for nonprofits interested in pursuing activities that help diverse customers and communities save energy or use renewable energy.

In October 2023, Energy Trust awarded its third round of grants to 12 organizations across the state totaling nearly $80,000. Funding is supporting outreach, training, program development, grant writing and organizational capacity. Nearly half of the awardees are based outside of the Portland metro area.

Here’s what awardees located around the state are investing in:

Within the Portland area, awardees are developing education and outreach activities to reach diverse groups: