Community Reinvestment Grant

As part of its ongoing commitment to local communities, energy equity and diversity, and environmental stewardship, Calpine Energy Solutions is pleased to provide local financial support through its Community Benefits Program in partnership with Clean Power Alliance (CPA). Qualifying entities must be IRS designated 501(c)3 non-profit organizations located in/serving CPA’s service territory. Please note that funding is not permitted for political action committees, trade associations, government entities or political candidates.

The Community Benefits Program is an innovative public-private partnership between Calpine Energy Solutions and Clean Power Alliance. Calpine Energy Solutions provides the funding and selects the winners, while Clean Power Alliance helps recruit non-profits in its service area to apply.

The inaugural Community Benefits Program application period took place from Tuesday, August 10, 2021 to Wednesday, September 15, 2021. Twenty-four applications were received, with eight applicants being awarded grants ranging from $8,000 to $12,518. In all, the program awarded over $75,000 in grants.


Grant recipients include the following organizations:

Active San Gabriel Valley’s mission is to support a more sustainable, equitable, livable San Gabriel Valley. The funding will go towards the purchase of an electric vehicle.


Climate Action Santa Monica empowers people to learn about climate change, locally and beyond, and encourages them to use their talents, habits, and passion to help Santa Monica become a carbon-neutral and resilient community. The grant will support the 2022 Climate Corps program, which focuses high school and college students on climate change.

Columbia Memorial Space Center is a fun and affordable hands-on educational facility where everyone can come and learn about the wonders of science! The grant will support the City of STEM science festival Innovation Challenge.

US Green Building Council are “Passionate, practical, and informed professionals and advocates who work together to transform Southern California into a more sustainable region for all.” The grant will fund Sustainability Fundamentals education workshops for students to be introduced to the goals, principles, and practical applications of sustainability, covering various topics as well as future career opportunities.

International Indigenous Youth Council seeks to organize youth through education, spiritual practices, and civic engagement to create positive change in our communities. The grant will help support Community Outreach & Engagement, Digital Media, and Indigenous activism to support their mission of building a sustainable future for the next seven generations, with education, organization, and mobilization of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) youth organizers.

Clean Coalition is a non-profit organization whose mission is to accelerate the transition to renewable energy and a modern grid through technical, policy, and project development expertise. The grant will support a Microgrid Feasibility Study for the hub of Los Angeles County, critical community facilities clustered in the disadvantaged and unincorporated East Los Angeles community.

El Concilio Family Services is the “Service Center for the rural low-income limited or non-English speaking community in Ventura County.” The organization transitions low-income families by providing services that integrate them into the community to assist them in becoming self-sufficient, engaged and greater contributors to the community.The grant will provide linguistically and culturally relevant messaging to the population served (immigrant communities) with outreach and education to residential customers on ways to help them reduce their energy usage during peak demand hours.

Special Service for Groups is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing community-based solutions to the social and economic issues facing those in the greatest need. The grant will support research and help develop community education and outreach materials focused on climate change, extreme heat, and the associated impact on public health especially for disadvantaged community members.

The Calpine Energy Solutions’ Community Benefits Program is an ongoing program. There will be another call for grant applicants in the second quarter of 2022. Interested non-profit organizations can sign up for notifications for future grant opportunities and Clean Power Alliance news updates.

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