Southern California Edison Grants

by Michael Evans; Updated September 26, 2017

Southern California Edison (SCE) offers grants for nonprofit organizations, community colleges, universities and students. Edison International shareholders provide all funding for SCE scholarships and grants. The company focuses its philanthropic priorities on education, under-served communities and environmental programs. The majority of grant programs only fund organizations within SCE's service area, or students who attend school or hold residency in the SCE service area. Award amounts vary, depending on the type of initiative and individual program guidelines.

SCE Service Territory

SCE typically only awards funding for organizations and programs within its service area. The company operates in a territory encompassing approximately 50,000 square miles in Southern California, and has its headquarters in Rosemead, California. SCE's territory includes San Bernardino County, Orange County, the Tule River Indian Reservation, Santa Barbara County, Ventura County, Sequoia County, Tuolumne County and Tulare County. According to SCE statistics, the company serves over 14 million California residents in nearly 200 cities.

Environmental Grants

SCE awards grants for environmental initiatives that help educate communities about environmental issues and serve to preserve the environment in Southern California inland and coastal regions. SCE grants help support wildlife centers, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations. Past recipients have included the Friends of the Desert Mountains, Think Earth Foundation, Inside the Outdoors and the Riverside Land Conservancy. In May 2010, SCE awarded $20,000 to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, which treats and releases injured marine mammals. The center used the SCE funding to install surveillance cameras in its animal care facilities, allowing staff to monitor animals on-site or over the Internet at any time.

Educational Grants

Grants for education include funding for universities and scholarships. SCE places an emphasis on funding programs that focus on math, technology and science. SCE's Green Jobs Education Initiative provides $100,000 grants to community colleges in California that offer programs which can lead to environmental jobs. Students receiving scholarships through Green Jobs funding must have a financial need for assistance, enroll in environmental programs, such as green building, bio-fuel production or renewable energy production, and hold residency within SCE's territory. Past Green Jobs Education Initiative awardees have included Cerritos College, Long Beach City College and Ventura College. The Edison Scholars program awards scholarships directly to students enrolled in information technology, math, computer science, physics, engineering, chemistry and materials science programs. SCE also provides direct support for select programs at Southern California postsecondary institutions, including Chapman University's Science Teaching and Research Institute, which prepares students to teach science.

Grant Guidelines

SCE grants awarded to nonprofit organizations typically do not exceed $25,000. SCE does not offer funding for political candidates or political organizations, for-profit companies, religious organizations, veterans' organizations or labor groups.

Application Process

SCE only accepts applications for scholarships and grants online at its website. Depending on the type of grant applied for, applicants may also be required to submit support materials, such as project budgets, financial statements and board member rosters.

About the Author

Michael Evans was born in Memphis, Tenn. He graduated from The University of Memphis, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication. His primary course of study was photography and film production. He first began writing professionally for iOwn Inc. in 1997, and was published by LensWork Magazine in 2003.