SMUD’s Shine Program is Now Accepting Applications

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG)  |  SMUD Press Release

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - SMUD announced that the application period for its Shine program is now open. Shine is a community development program designed to improve and revitalize neighborhoods in the Sacramento region.

Shine awards will range from $5,000 to $100,000 and are very competitive. Any nonprofit organization—501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6)—within SMUD’s service territory is eligible to apply.

Shine awards are available at three funding levels: Spark (up to $10,000), Amplifier (up to $50,000) and Transformer (up to $100,000). Applications will be accepted through Monday, July 15.

While SMUD will consider a broad variety of potential projects, it is primarily interested in proposals within the following areas:

Neighborhood revitalization or clean up; STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math); Environmental, energy efficiency, energy conservation or greenhouse gas reduction; General beautification.

SMUD will be holding informational sessions to help nonprofit organizations maximize their submissions. Information sessions will be held on Wednesday, June 26 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and Tuesday, July 2 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the SMUD Customer Service Center at 6301 S Street. RSVP to

In 2018, SMUD awarded more than $400,000 in Shine sponsorships to 21 local nonprofits. SMUD received a wide range of applications, and the selected projects were able to successfully demonstrate collaboration and the potential for broad neighborhood impact.

For more information about the SMUD Shine program, including a list of last year’s winners and a link to the 2019 application, visit