The Initiative

The SoCal Climate Champions Grant

The SoCal Climate Champions Grant invests up to US $400,000 annually in programs, projects, and research that address community climate solutions in Southern California. This program is designed to encourage and foster clean, safe, and innovative solutions towards decarbonization, diversification, and digitalization towards a clean energy future.

The SoCal Climate Champions Grant aims to advance climate solutions in Southern California. In the context of this grant program, climate solutions refer to reducing, mitigating, and sequestering greenhouse gas emissions, improving air quality, and organic waste diversion solutions in the communities we serve.

To this end, the SoCal Climate Champions Grant offers a two-phase granting program, in which proposals will be assessed on their demonstrated potential as measured through an objective rubric. Our rubric and priorities are publicly available on this site in an effort to offer transparency into the process and to foster an open, encouraging atmosphere as we work together to empower a cleaner, safer, and more reliable future.

 

 

Our History

In 2015, SoCalGas began the Environmental Champions Initiative. For five years the program offered grant proposals for innovative projects in the areas of clean air, clean energy, and organic waste diversion to biogas. In its final year of 2019, the program awarded 26 grants totaling nearly $400,000.

With a renewed focus in 2021 with its goal to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions in its operations and delivery of energy to its customers by 2045, SoCalGas partnered with DoGoodery to announced the "SoCal Climate Champions Grant." 

The program is managed by DoGoodery with funding from SoCalGas to advance climate solution innovation, champion people and communities, and encourage collaboration.

 

Grants

SoCalGas is honored to support innovative climate solutions to help our communities.

Phase 1 grants range from $40,000 - $50,000 to each non-profit participant(s).

Grant recipients will:

  • Gain recognition in a community of accomplished non-profit leaders from diverse programs.
  • Share their stories through the Climate Champions Initiative.
  • Be offered the aid of SoCalGas volunteers during their granting window.
  • Have the opportunity to apply for Phase 2 funding, following a six-month impact report.

 

SoCalGas

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Headquartered in Los Angeles,SoCalGas® is the largest gas distribution utility in the United States. SoCalGas delivers affordable, reliable, clean and increasingly renewable gas service to 21.8 million consumers across 24,000 square miles of Central and Southern California. Gas delivered through the company's pipelines will continue to play a key role in California's clean energy transition—providing electric grid reliability and supporting wind and solar energy deployment.

SoCalGas' mission is to build the cleanest, safest and most innovative energy company in America. In support of that mission, SoCalGas is committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in its operations and delivery of energy by 2045. SoCalGas is a subsidiary of Sempra(NYSE: SRE), an energy services holding company based in San Diego. For more information visit socalgas.com/newsroom or connect with SoCalGas on Twitter(@SoCalGas), Instagram(@SoCalGas) and Facebook.

 

DoGoodery

 

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DoGoodery is a consulting agency that works with partners who have an authentic commitment to doing good. We ideate, create, and execute initiatives to improve lives and reduce inequity with empathy, joyful collaboration, and a research-based approach. To learn more, visit dothegoodery.com.