Equity, Engagement, and Education Grant



The Equity, Engagement, and Education (EEE) Grant Account will award grants up to $200,000 for the purposes of building CBO, Tribal, and community capacity to understand and engage with CPUC decision-making processes.  This will enable CBOs and Tribes to have more influence over clean energy programs and support making these programs more accessible to their served communities. 


Successful applicants for the EEE Grant Account will have a demonstrated background in advocating for their Tribe or community. Eligible activities for the EEE Grant Account will include:   Community engagement and outreach related to CPUC proceedings.  Hiring consultants and staff for activities necessary for active participation in decision-making processes at the CPUC.  Education, training, and curriculum development regarding CPUC processes, proceedings, and programs.  Partnership and coalition development to bring greater awareness of CPUC matters to disadvantaged communities.  Grant applications will be accepted in two cycles, the windows for which will be set by CPUC staff. The EEE Grant Account is a competitive grant. Please refer to E&A Grant Program webpage for the most current grant timelines: http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/capacitygrants.  

The total amount available for the EEE Grant Account is $9,750,000 with a maximum award of $200,000 per application. Of the total $9,750,000 no less than $750,000 shall be available exclusively to Tribes. Tribal applicants are eligible for both this $750,000 amount (with an individual Tribe capped at $200,000) or funding from the remainder of the EEE Grant Account, but non-Tribal applicants are not eligible for the $750,000 amount.    

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Other Legal Entity
  • Tribal Government

TYPE 1: California tax-exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  TYPE 2: Federally or non-federally recognized California Native American Tribes, as defined in Public Resources Code (PRC) Section 21073.  TYPE 3: Tribal entities, including organizations incorporated under Tribal law and wholly owned by the Tribe, Tribal Section 17 Corporations, and Tribal utilities and authorities operated under Tribal law.  

Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
1st round Dec. 2023
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
2-3 years.

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
$1 – $200,000
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State

Funding Source Notes:

AB 179:     “...for capacity grants to community-based organizations that conduct outreach and obtain technical assistance for participation in Public Utilities Commission decision making processes and supporting activities and that support ongoing equity initiatives and provide clean energy access opportunities to tribes, as defined pursuant to Section 21073 of the Public Resources Code, and other underrepresented communities."

The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Advances & Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

Up to 25% of awarded amount may be requested in advance. Further spending will be reimbursed through applicants submitting budget requests to the CPUC.

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


For questions about this grant, contact:
1-213-220-1344, capacitygrants@cpuc.ca.gov