PG&E's NRT Overview and Guidelines

PG&E's Nature Restoration Trust seeks to fund projects that benefit fish, wildlife, and plants, as well as provide educational opportunities and encourage community involvement in conservation efforts. PG&E's Nature Restoration Trust will fund conservation projects within Contra Costa County, San Joaquin County, Kern County, San Bernardino County, and Fresno County; through the Five Star Restoration Program.

Please note that PG&E's Nature Restoration Trust program especially encourages schools and school-based projects to apply via Five Star.  Projects funded through the Five Star Restoration Program may involve for-profit entities, however PG&E's Nature Restoration Trust Funds cannot be directly granted to for-profit entities.  Since 2000, PG&E's Nature Restoration Trust program has funded 68 projects with over $1.6 million.  The average grant size in 2010 was $33,000.

After reviewing PG&E's NRT Grant Criteria, please visit the Five Star Restoration Program website to view a Request for Proposals and Application materials. 

Grant Criteria

As a member of the Five Star Program, project elements must include the On-the-Ground Restoration, Environmental Education, and Measurable Results as described within the Five Star Request for Proposals.

PG&E's Nature Restoration Trust proposals will be more specifically evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Project location in one of the following areas: Contra Costa County, San Joaquin County, Kern County, San Bernardino County, and Fresno County. Additionally, consideration will be given to projects with:

    • Public access and proximity to population centers, and

    • Proximity to PG&E facilities and/or projects;

  • Benefits to underserved communities, particularly in the form of contributions to community vitality (i.e., direct support for local business and non-profit organizations);

  • Engagement with organizations that provide hands-on experiences for youth in the outdoors;

  • Demonstrated community-based support (e.g., community members, local associations, and/or local business involvement);

  • Grantee capacity to participate in activities which promote the project and funders and agreement to host one media event in coordination with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and PG&E. Media events will increase awareness of habitat restoration and stewardship and environmental education, facilitate funding partner recognition, and may serve as volunteer opportunities for PG&E employees to engage in restoration activities;

  • Cash or contributed goods and services equal to or greater than one-half total project costs (Note: competitive projects often have a significantly higher match (e.g., 2:1));

  • Likelihood that short- and long-term project outcomes can be assessed and evaluated using clearly defined success criteria. Additional consideration will be given to projects with a monitoring strategy beyond the project's end date;

  • If applicable, documentation that project expects to receive or has received necessary permits and clearances (e.g., National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, or other legal requirements);

  • Benefits sensitive species (e.g., state or federal candidate or listed species or species of concern). Additional consideration will be given to projects with potential alignment with “Keystone Initiatives,” NFWF's core portfolio of multi-year initiatives covering Bird Conservation, Fish Conservation, Marine and Coastal Conservation, and Wildlife and Habitat Conservation.

Grants cannot be used for:

  • Political advocacy or litigation;

  • Mitigation or compliance projects;

  • General administrative overhead or indirect expenses;

  • Printing and promotion for political advocacy;

  • Equipment purchases not related to the direct completion of the project;

  • Strictly beautification projects;

  • Wilderness area projects;

  • Strictly research or planning projects;

  • Acquisition of real estate;

  • Organizational or operational development of group.

Application Guidance:

Please reference the county in which your project will take place and indicate the applicable number of the district on the first page of your application. To be eligible for funding from PG&E’s Nature Restoration Trust program your project must take place within Contra Costa County, San Joaquin County, Kern County, San Bernardino County, and Fresno County. Additionally, consideration will be given to projects with:

  • Public access and proximity to population centers, and

  • Proximity to PG&E facilities and/or projects;