The PGE Drive Change Fund

From transit buses and passenger vehicles to electric bikes and community service vehicles, the PGE Drive Change Fund supports projects that help electrify transportation in Oregon.

Transportation is the single biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon. In our pursuit of a clean energy future, we are committed to reducing those emissions by accelerating access to — and adoption of — electric vehicles for everyone. Community organizations, nonprofits and businesses can apply for grants to advance electric vehicle adoption, EV charging infrastructure and/or education in the communities PGE serves. In 2020, $2.3 million was granted to 12 local community-based organizations to expand access to electric transportation for everyone, specifically focused on helping environmental justice communities. The PGE Drive Change Fund (DCF) is funded through the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Clean Fuels Program Oregon.gov Clean-Fuels.

How it works

Eligible project types include:

  • Purchasing electric vehicles, including e-bikes, light, medium, and heavy-duty vehicle types.

  • Installing electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE).

  • Education and outreach campaigns.

  • Innovative projects accelerating the adoption and awareness of transportation electrification.

Preference is given to projects:

  • Hosted by a public or non-profit organization.

  • Utilizing full battery EVs (BEVs).

  • Engaging directly with the environmental justice communities PGE they serve.

  • Providing a substantial educational, environmental and economic benefit to the community and PGE customers.

DateApril 30, 2021
MilestonePGE begins accepting applications to PGEDriveChangeFund@pgn.com inbox.
DateJune 18, 2021
MilestoneApplication milestone – deadline for PGE site assessment.
DateJuly 2, 2021
MilestoneApplication closes at 5pm PDT.
DateDecember 16, 2021
MilestonePublic announcement of award decision*.
DateDecember 31, 2022
MilestoneDeadline for project completion.

*tentative date

PGE will make funds available through an open and competitive application process. Applications will be reviewed and evaluated by third-party vendors in accordance with established evaluation criteria. Award funding is limited and will differ from project to project based on applicant request and available funding.

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit questions and get more information by emailing PGEDriveChangeFund@pgn.com.

Get started

  1. Review all applicant resources below to make sure your project meets the DCF requirements, preferences, goals, and scoring criteria.

  2. Gain support within your organization and with project partners and community members.

  3. Communicate with the Grants Manager and Technical Experts with any questions. Site assessments are available to aid in developing a project scope. Reach out at PGEDriveChangeFund@pgn.com.

  4. Put together your project details, discuss available funding sources, and develop a project timeline.

  5. Complete and submit your application between April 30 and June 2, 2021.