Your nonprofit impacted by coronavirus? Sempra Energy Foundation has $500K in grants $$ available

Published 12:09 am Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Sempra Energy announced the Sempra Energy Foundation is donating up to $500,000 to help small- to medium-sized nonprofits in Texas as they continue to serve critical needs related to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

“Many nonprofit organizations are faced with unprecedented demand for their services due to the current COVID-19 situation,” said Dennis V. Arriola, board chair of the Sempra Energy Foundation. “These grants will help them to continue serving the needs of vulnerable populations who need their support now more than ever.”

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foundation’s Nonprofit Hardship Fund, and to learn how to apply for a grant.

State Sen. Kelly Hancock, chairman of the Senate Business & Commerce Committee, said Texans from all walks of life are coming together to defeat COVID-19.

“I appreciate the Sempra Energy Foundation for stepping up to help local Texas nonprofits and communities with resources to recover from the impact of the coronavirus,” Hancock said. “I am confident that strong leadership from Texas

citizens, employers and charitable foundations will expedite the recovery process and get our communities and economies back on track.”

The Sempra Energy Foundation’s Nonprofit Hardship Fund will provide grants of

up to $50,000 to nonprofit organizations serving populations affected by COVID-19.

This could include, among other things: support for the increased volume of services

being provided to clients, such as meals for homebound seniors; support for

unexpected expenses associated with fulfilling those services; and/or support to sustain operations and services to populations impacted by COVID-19 amid pandemic-related cancellation of major fundraisers.

Dan Maher, president and CEO of the Southeast Texas Food Bank, said Sempra showed its corporate spirit and rallied around the community in a substantial way after Hurricane Harvey.

Sempra Energy began operating in Texas more than 20 years ago. Through the acquisitions of Oncor, InfraREIT and Sharyland, Sempra Energy has made investments of more than $10 billion in Texas.

Additionally, Sempra Energy’s subsidiary Sempra LNG is developing the proposed

Port Arthur LNG export project in Jefferson County. Port Arthur LNG is a

multibillion-dollar infrastructure investment that will enable the delivery of natural gas sourced from Texas to world markets.