The Public Participation (PP) Grant Account helps remove barriers to participation and provides compensation for organizations involved in CPUC activities and influence policy decisions. Grant account supports ESJ Action Plan by compensating Community-based organizations (CBOs) and Tribes for their contributions to CPUC.


The Public Participation (PP) Grant Account is intended to remove financial and capacity-based barriers to participation while creating a flexible and accessible process to apply for and receive compensation. Organizations are compensated for their time for participating in day-to-day CPUC activities that drive and influence policy decisions.Grants will be awarded for specific eligible activities, such as speaking on a panel, participating in a, or participation in other decision-making processes. The PP Grant Account cap per organization of $15,000 will ensure a proportional distribution of funds over time and across various organizations. Submissions for grant awards will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the grant period and payment for these discrete engagements will be prompt.

To ensure that funding is made available to organizations with no or limited participation experience with the CPUC, the following eligibility criteria has been established:

• Organizations are not eligible to apply for a grant award if they receive or plan to receive funding from another source for the same activity. For example, some CPUC activities provide a stipend, per diem, or other types of funding for participation, including Intervenor Compensation.• Organizations that have previously applied to or received Intervenor Compensation are eligible to apply, as long as the Intervenor Compensation award was not denied due to lack of financial hardship.• Organizations who are granted Intervenor Compensation for previous work that was performed as part of an E&A Grant Program award may have their E&A award reduced by the amount of funding granted through the Intervenor Compensation program up to the full amount of the E&A award at the CPUC’s discretion.

Applicants will be awarded funds from the PP Grant Account for eligible activities up to a maximum of $15,000 per organization for the duration of the grant timeline. Individual PP Grant Account applications exceeding $15,000 will be considered up to the maximum amount of $15,000. Applicants who have previously been awarded funds from the PP Grant Account and who submit additional applications for funds will be considered for funding that does not exceed the $15,000 organization maximum.

Grant Timeline: The PP Grant Account opened on September 8, 2023, and will continue until funds have been exhausted. Applications for the PP Grant Account will be accepted on a rolling basis, pending available funds. Applications will be reviewed and assessed in the order that they are submitted, and grants will be awarded until funding is exhausted.

The below activities qualify as eligible CPUC activities for award through the PP Grant Account if they took place after September 8, 2023. Generally, eligible CPUC activities under the PP Grant Account are initiated by CPUC invitation.

Only invited participants in CPUC activities, such as an Advisory Board member, Focus Group Participant, En Banc Speaker/Panelist, Panelist, Featured Speaker/Presenter, Working Group participant, or those otherwise invited to participate at a CPUC event by CPUC staff can receive funding through this grant account.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Tribal Government

Applicants must be one of these types of entities.

1:California tax-exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

2: Federally or non-federally recognized California Native American Tribes,as defined in (PRC) Section 21073.

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.
Rolling availability
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
June 30, 2025

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.
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
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).
  • Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

In order to be eligible for the grant, applicant must present proof of their involvement in a CPUC initiative that contributes to the advancement of proceedings and programs. The distribution of grant funds will occur on a revolving basis, depending on the availability of funds.

How to Apply

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


For questions about this grant, contact:
Capacity Grants, 1-415-816-7414,