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Grant FAQ

Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about the Puget Sound Energy Foundation and the grant process. Please contact us if you have additional questions.

When and why was the Puget Sound Energy Foundation created?

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The Puget Sound Energy Foundation was created in 2006 by Puget Energy, the investor-owned, parent company of Puget Sound Energy, the state of Washington’s largest and oldest utility. The foundation’s endowment came from a portion of the proceeds from Puget Energy’s sale of former, unregulated subsidiary, InfrastruX Group, Inc. None of the foundation’s funding comes from utility customers.

Puget Energy created the foundation to ensure that PSE’s support of community initiatives will remain strong regardless of business or economic trends and that the utility’s long history of strong community involvement will continue for generations to come.
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What sectors does the foundation support with charitable grants?

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The Foundation focuses its support on Public (Community) Safety and Emergency Preparedness programs and capital investments.
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Where does the Puget Sound Energy Foundation make grants?

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The foundation supports charitable programs in Washington state where PSE provides services or has operations. These 16 counties include: Chelan, Columbia, Cowlitz, Douglas, Garfield, Island, King, Kitsap, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lewis, Pierce, Snohomish, Skagit, Thurston and Whatcom.
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What are the application deadlines?

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The application deadlines are April 1 and Oct. 1. Grant awards are anticipated about two months after the corresponding deadline.
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Does the foundation fund general operations or sponsor events?

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The foundation makes charitable grants that support programmatic and capital projects with measurable goals and outcomes. The foundation does not fund general operations or sponsor events such as galas, auctions, dinner or luncheon programs, golf tournaments, walk-a-thons, etc. Table sponsorships are considered by the company's local government and community engagement managers.
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How do nonprofit organizations apply for a grant from the foundation?

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A user-friendly, application is available online. In keeping with PSE’s commitment to the environment, the foundation accepts electronic applications only. For more information please visit the Eligibility & Guidelines page, or apply here.
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