Investing in Our Communities

Sempra is committed to investing in our communities. We seek to partner with community-based nonprofit organizations who meet these criteria:


In order to qualify, organizations must:

  • Have a program that falls into one of our priority areas of: Climate Action, Diversity and Inclusion, and Economic Prosperity
  • Have a primary focus in communities where our employees live and work
  • Have a valid tax identification number and be in good standing with the IRS

Exclusions and Restrictions

Sempra is unable to provide funding to:

  • Individuals;
  • Private foundations, endowment funds or for-profit organizations;
  • Groups that practice discrimination based on age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, physical or mental disabilities, race, color, religion, national origin, or ancestry;
  • Sectarian or denominational religious groups, except for programs that are broadly promoted, available to anyone and free from religious orientation;
  • Political parties, candidates or partisan groups; or
  • Organizations that fall outside of our giving priorities, policies and/or guidelines

Sempra generally does not fund:

  • Scholarship programs
  • Capital-improvements, capital equipment, or building funds
  • Sporting teams and sporting events
  • General operating expenses that are unrelated to the execution of the proposed program or project
  • Travel expenses not directly related and necessary to the execution of the project
  • Loans or loan guarantees
  • Debt reduction or past operating deficits
  • Liquidation of an organization

Next Steps

If your organization meets these criteria, we hope you consider submitting an application at the start of February when we reopen our application cycle. Our application process is currently closed as we make some refinements to strengthen our grantmaking for 2022. If you have questions or would like more information, please email [email protected]. Thank you for your patience.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our online grant applications are compatible with:

  • Internet Explorer® 10
  • Internet Explorer® 9
  • Internet Explorer® 8
  • Mozilla® Firefox® (for PC and Mac)
  • Safari® (for PC and Mac)
  • Google Chrome

Enter the applying organization’s non-profit (e.g. tax I.D. #12-3456789, with or without the dash). If you do not have a valid non-profit tax I.D. number, but have an organization that is a valid non-profit and has agreed to be your fiduciary or fiscal agent, following these instructions:

  • Enter the applying organization’s tax I.D. number and address, if it is a fiduciary or fiscal agent, use their tax I.D. number and address;
  • Enter the applying organization’s name;
  • Enter the legal name of the applying organization, if it is a fiduciary or fiscal agent, use their legal name;

The online application places a "cookie" on your computer to enable the 'save and finish later' functionality. Please check your browser settings and select "allow cookies" if you receive an error message.

A cookie is just a small chunk of data that allows web browsers to track, personalize, and save information about each person's interaction with a website.

First time applicants must create a username and password, which will be used each time they log in to the online application system. You may want to write this information down so you can share it with others on your team if needed; this way, other people in your organization can see past applications.

You will need the username and password of the applicant’s organization. If the organization has applied in the past, someone on your team should have that information. If not, be prepared to create a username and password.

Use the address that is on file with the IRS. If you have moved and the current address associated with your organization has not been updated through the IRS, use the address on the organization’s website or their P.O. box mailing address (do not use a home address).

No, you can start the application and choose to save and finish it later. Just click on the "save and finish later" button located at the bottom of any application page.

If you would like to save an in-progress application, scroll down to the bottom of the page and choose the "save and finish later" button. Selecting the "review and submit" button will submit the application to the Sempra Foundation for review, and the application will no longer be available for editing.

When an applicant logs in for the first time, an account is automatically created using the email and password information used. The applicant will receive an automated confirmation email providing them with a link to use to return to saved, in-progress applications and their “my account” page. Add this link to your browser favorites for easy access.

Once your application is complete, click the "review and submit" button at the bottom of the last page of the application to submit it. Once your application has been submitted, a confirmation email will be sent to you.

Please add our email address, [email protected], to your email account's address book to ensure that these messages arrive in your inbox.

Once an application is submitted, via clicking the submit button, the application is no longer available to edit; it has moved into the system to begin the review process.

Accessing the original link will start a new application and create a new account.

Please check your entries to make sure that you have not misspelled anything and make sure that you are using the same email address and password used to initially log in and create your account.

If you are still unsuccessful in accessing your account, please email [email protected].

If you did not click either the "save and finish later" or "review and submit" button upon leaving the application, your work was not saved and you will need to start a new application.

If you logged in to work on an in-progress application and saw a blank page, you did not choose the "save and finish later" button before you exited the program previously, and your work was not saved. You will need to start a new application.

Please check to see if the email address you are using now is different from the one you initially used to log in and create an account. Please also check the spelling.

If you are still unsuccessful in accessing your account, please email [email protected].