Inspire Giving 2018 Grant Recipient: GRID Alternatives

At GRID Alternatives, we’ve been working since 2001 to ensure the benefits of the growing clean energy economy are accessible to low-income communities and communities of color. Through our unique, people-first model, our programs put money back into families’ pocketbooks, reduces energy cost burden of housing providers, and jump starts careers. In the past few years in Sacramento alone, GRID Alternatives has installed no-cost solar electric systems for 400 families, building a distributed power plant that puts millions of dollars back into the hands of families with the greatest need. All while providing training for nearly a thousand participants in real-world solar installation experience.

Our unique program model incorporates Workforce Development into every stage of our projects. Through our Technical Academy, GRID offers no-cost workshops and hands-on curriculum designed to fast track trainees into the job market. Last year, we placed 55% of our 100-hr job trainees in solar and construction careers locally!

This year, our goal is to expand our employer placement network and help more job seekers launch careers that will be key to economic growth in our region. We are honored to have received the 2018 Inspire Giving grant and look forward to being able to broaden our job-readiness offerings, and our outreach to hiring employers and trainees alike.

Inspire Giving award is more than just financial support. It’s an opportunity to leverage a collective impact through the Metro Chamber network. There are many ways to pitch in your support. A little is enough if enough people do it!

How Can You Get Involved?

Is your business in solar or construction-related Industries?
Contact us to join our employer placement network.

Do you want to roll up your sleeves, and spend a day volunteering to install a solar system for a local family? 

We host volunteer opportunities on the 3rd Thursday of every month. Use this link to sign up.

Not interested in a hands-on solar installation volunteer experience?
GRID has a variety of other engagement opportunities!

  • You can share your knowledge with our trainees by leading one of our job readiness workshops,
  • You can support the mission by becoming a donor, or by joining us at one of our networking or fundraising events,
  • You can help spread the word about our program in the region!

We’ve seen amazing projects undertaken through Inspire Giving in the past, and are thrilled to be selected as the 2018 project. At GRID, we are looking forward to working with Inspire Giving members and the entire Metro Chamber network on our own transformation!

The Metro Chamber Foundation’s Inspire Giving program is an endowment fund that seeks to support and grow the spirit of giving in the Capital Region.

Individuals combine their donation with others to create a bigger impact than any one individual could make alone. Each year, all individuals who have invested in Inspire Giving collaboratively select, via a voting process, how the endowment’s income will be distributed to a charitable organization within the Sacramento region. In addition to a monetary investment, donors are provided opportunities to volunteer their time and resources to the chosen project each year.


GRID Alternatives Soiree – November 7th

Resume Building Workshop – November 16th


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