Edison International’s Community Giving Program exists “to make a difference.” Support of the environment, including its conservation, is part of this difference-making.
But in order for Edison International to shine a light on your program, you must be based in either Southern or Central California. Its giving program covers 15 counties total, in a drop down list you can peruse through the program's Pre-Qualify portal.
Edison International's commitment to conservation flows through its Environment focus area, giving $2.8 million (almost 30 percent) of its money to this area in 2014, totaling 166 different grants. Edison International declares its support of “that educate and engage the public in preserving a healthy and sustainable environment.”
This throughline certainly holds true for its support of conservation. Edison International recently granted $50,000 to a partnership between the Frontier Project Foundation and the Cucamunga Valley Water District for environmental sustainability projects, education, and training.
Edison International also gave $35,000 to the Friends of the Ballona Wetlands in Playa del Rey, CA, to be used for restoration and education. Another recent grantee is the Conservation Lands Foundation for the repair of mountain trails near Palm Desert, CA.
Payouts from Edison International primarily come in the form of $5,000 grants to nonprofit, community-based organizations. The $5,000 grants are an open, online process, with two deadlines each calendar year. However, Edison International does state, “Organizations that have demonstrated success in making a difference in our priority areas may be invited to apply for larger grants.” Creating a connection through their $5,000 community grants is a viable and accessible way to start.