Community Giving

Clean Virginia Community Giving supports innovative efforts to eliminate corruption in Virginia politics and foster an equitable clean energy system by distributing small grants to respected organizations and initiatives. Organizations in Virginia supporting these goals are welcome to apply for funding.

Completing a funding proposal will take approximately 1-2 hours. If you need assistance with your application or if you have questions or feedback for us, please contact Clean Virginia’s Advocacy and Communications Director at [email protected].

The next Community Giving application period will open on May 1st, 2024.

 

Examples of proposals we are excited to support

  • Efforts to systematically eliminate and alleviate the energy burden in Virginia. The energy burden is defined as the percentage of a household’s income spent on energy costs.
  • Efforts to create a fair energy system defined by community control, accessibility, affordability, and sustainability.
  • Efforts to provide fair and accurate information to the public and elected officials on issues of clean energy and clean government.
  • Efforts to strengthen democracy and transparency in Virginia politics though ethics and campaign finance reform.
  • Efforts led by the communities most impacted by an unjust energy system and the climate crisis.

Examples of proposals this project is not equipped to support:

  • Voter registration and Get Out the Vote activities.
  • Activities to support a political candidate.
  • Operational or administrative funding for a political party or organization.

Eligibility guidelines:

  • Based in Virginia.
  • Community groups and nonprofits with advocacy missions related to clean energy, climate change, energy burden, environmental justice, civic engagement, good governance, anti-corruption, utility reform, and/or economic justice.

Transparency

We strive to maintain solid relationships with our partners, stakeholders, and our community built on collaboration, inclusivity, and transparency. As such, we remain committed to being accountable, accessible, and offer full financial disclosure.

Clean Virginia’s funding is provided by our Board Chair, Michael Bills. For details on Clean Virginia’s financial reports and political giving, please visit our listing at Virginia’s Public Access Project.

2023-24 community giving projects

GiveSolar

Based in Harrisonburg, GiveSolar has quickly scaled its mission of cutting energy costs for those who need it most by installing solar systems for nonprofits and Habitat for Humanity homes. With plans to install 40 solar arrays in 2024 alone, GiveSolar is working hard to ensure communities and low-income households benefit from access to clean and affordable energy. Learn more.

Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC)

PEC is leading efforts to educate the public and elected officials about the influx of data centers to Virginia and resulting impacts to ratepayers and the environment. Watch “The Hidden Costs of the Cloud: Data Centers in Virginia.”

 

Throwing Solar Shade

The Throwing Solar Shade® program is a 12-week program offering Virginia high school students the opportunity to complete hands-on activities and research about climate and the effects of rooftop solar arrays on buildings and local heat islands. Many of these research projects result in action plans in which students serve as change agents in their own communities.