PG&E has provided $25,000 grants to 10 organizations in Northern and Central California that encourage job training and development.
The pilot program, the PG&E Economic Vitality Grant Program, will invest $250,000 in programs designed to enhance local economic vitality — ranging from small business creation and growth to workforce development. The grants were distributed to organizations throughout PG&E’s service area, from Red Bluff to Bakersfield.
“As a local provider of electricity and natural gas, PG&E has long partnered with local organizations to help boost economic vitality in the communities we serve,” said Ezra Garrett, PG&E’s vice president of community relations and chief sustainability officer. “These grants will help support organizations in their efforts to stimulate economic growth, generate jobs and enhance workforce development.”
With nearly 200 applications received, the funding determinations for this grant program were competitive. All applications were evaluated by a third party who based recommendations on a combination of factors including the strength of the plans presented, demonstrable links to job creation and community need.
In Kern County, for instance, the grants will support the Bakersfield ARC, which provides employment to developmentally disabled clients at a recycling center. “Giving people purpose, that’s what we do,” said the group’s president. “And PG&E has been a huge supporter.”
Eligible grantees for this PG&E Corporation shareholder-funded program included local government organizations, educational institutions and 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations within the company’s 70,000-square-mile service area.
The 2013 PG&E Economic Vitality Grant winners include:
- Bakersfield ARC, Bakersfield. Grant funding supports direct job creation, employment and training for persons with disabilities through the expansion of their Industrial Training Facility.
- Redwood Region Economic Development Commission, Eureka. Grant funding supports the launch of Phase II of the Manufacturing Network, which fuels job creation by linking existing local manufacturers with the demand of local exporting businesses.
- Fresno Community Development Financial Institution, Fresno. Grant funding supports training, technical assistance and financing for low- to moderate-income entrepreneurs in the Central Valley.
- JobTrain, Inc., Menlo Park. Grant funding provides workforce training and job placement services for low-income adults and youth.
- Upstate California Economic Development Council (EDC), Red Bluff. Grant funding supports the first-ever Upstate California Food Expo in March 2014.
- Sacramento Regional Technology Alliance (SARTA), Sacramento. Grant funding will establish a new business mentoring methodology.
- SFMade, San Francisco. Grant funding supports the growth of SFMade’s Manufacturer’s Accelerator program.
- Opportunity Fund, San Jose. Grant funding supports the organization’s ability to make loans to small business owners for business expansion
- Downtown Stockton Alliance, Stockton. Grant funding helps to establish a technology incubator in downtown Stockton.
- El Pajaro Community Development Corporation, Watsonville. Grant funding supports the operation of the Commercial Kitchen Incubator Program.