PGE’s Drive Change Fund grant applications open

Feb. 01, 2024

Portland, Ore. – Applications for Portland General Electric’s Drive Change Fund grant opened February 1, 2024, kickstarting a two-month long application window that runs until April 1. Five years after the Drive Change Fund began, PGE continues to support increased electrification through partnerships with organizations across its service area.

Drive Change Fund (DCF) is an open and competitive grant fund that supports diverse transportation electrification projects and is one of the various ways PGE promotes the transition to an electrified future while reducing overall greenhouse gas emissions from transportation.

Made possible through the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Oregon Clean Fuels Program, PGE uses the Clean Fuels funds to advance local electric transportation projects for nonresidential customers, organizations and governmental entities, especially in communities that traditionally lack access to these emerging technologies.

Since 2019, Drive Change Fund has resulted in the purchase and installation of:

  • 127 electric vehicles

  • 106 electric bikes

  • 12 other vehicles, including tractors, street sweepers, garbage trucks and forklifts

  • 200+ charging ports

A DCF grant leads to more than just funding – it also means partnership with PGE from start to finish, from the project’s initial application to the day an EV hits the streets. Organizations have used their DCF grant to not only reduce emissions, but also drive meaningful change in communities across Oregon.

Meals on Wheels, for instance, is delivering food to people in need with an emissions-free van. COR Disposal & Recycling’s all-electric garbage truck PGE, the first of its kind in Oregon, performs garbage collections in East Portland with less noise and air pollution. Portland State University students who live further away from campus now have an option to commute on e-bikes to campus instead of driving a car.

If you represent or know of an organization that might benefit from this fund, you can help spread the word and apply. For details about the application process, please visit our Drive Change Fund PGE page, or email

“PGE is committed to advancing transportation electrification across our service area. We are thrilled to support organizations and help them help lead the way to a cleaner and more equitable future in their local communities through the Oregon DEQ’s Clean Fuels Program via the Drive Change Fund.”

- Juliae Riva, Staff Product Specialist. Transportation Electrification

About Portland General Electric Company
Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) is a fully integrated energy company that generates, transmits and distributes electricity to over 900,000 customers in 51 cities across the state of Oregon. For more than 130 years, Portland General Electric (PGE) has powered the advancement of society, delivering safe, affordable, reliable and increasingly clean energy. To deliver on its strategy and meet state targets, PGE and its approximately 3,000 employees committed to partnering with stakeholders to achieve at least an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from power served to customers by 2030 and 100% reduction by 2040. PGE customers set the standard for prioritizing clean energy with the No. 1 voluntary renewable energy program in the country. Additionally, for the fifth year in a row, PGE was recognized by the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index which highlights companies committed to creating a more equal and inclusive workplace. As a reflection of the company's commitment to the community it serves, in 2022, PGE employees, retirees and the PGE Foundation donated nearly $5.5 million and volunteered more than 18,000 hours with more than 400 nonprofits across Oregon. For more information visit