OVERVIEW: Through its Community Giving Program, Edison International, the electric power company, makes more than $20 million in grants each year in the name of education, the environment, civic engagement, and emergency preparedness to 15 counties in southern and central California.
IP TAKE: Edison International’s Community Giving Program supports a wide range of programs throughout Los Angeles, its environs, and beyond. Grant seekers with a program that hits one of its focus areas, and particularly engages underserved populations, may find success here.
PROFILE: Edison International’s Community Giving Program seeks “to make a difference.” Though the program gives more than $20 million each year, it does narrow that focus significantly to its Education, Environment, Civic Engagement, and Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness programs.
Within those focus areas, Edison International seeks to support programs that particularly “make a difference” for underserved populations. Edison International’s examples are women, people with low incomes, “diverse ethnic groups,” senior citizens, people with special needs, and LGBT populations.
Edison International’s Community Giving Program prioritizes Southern and Central California grantmaking, including Los Angeles County. Grant seekers can see the full scope of counties via the application’s Pre-Qualify portal. In past years, grants totaled more than $20 million to almost 1,300 different organizations.
Education emphasizes STEM education (not surprising given Edison’s corporate business), but also puts emphasis on arts education at the middle and high school levels. Edison International supports programs that emphasize tutoring and academic enrichment. It also emphasizes access to college, as well as direct scholarships for students. Recently, Education received $9.5 million in grants.
When it comes to the environment, Edison International also has an educational slant. It supports programs “that educate and engage the public in preserving a healthy and sustainable environment.” Recently, this focus area received $4.7 million.
Edison International defines its Civic Engagement focus as supporting underserved populations through mentorship, leadership development, access to technology, and veteran workforce development. Through this grantmaking area, Edison International also supports “boosting the effectiveness of local nonprofit organizations.” Recently, Civic Engagement received over $3.9 million.
Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness, another intuitive focus for an electric power company, gets the smallest amount of Edison International’s funding, but that still amounted to $1.9 million in a recent year.
Support in all of these funding areas primarily comes in the form of $5,000 grants to nonprofit, community-based organizations. Applications are invitation only; however, the organization encourages new grant seekers to email a program description to Edison.email@example.com.
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