Grants and Volunteer Programs

Our partnerships in the communities we serve help to create opportunities and enrich lives. In 2016, we awarded $11 million in 676 grants to over 600 non-profits working in NYC and Westchester.

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Areas of Focus 

Arts and Culture

In 2016, we gave $2.6 million to groups that provided under served New Yorkers with affordable, high-quality artistic and cultural experiences.

Success Story: Education Through Music, Inc.
We helped bring comprehensive music education to nearly 27,000 at-risk students. Participants improved their artistic and creative skills, learned to focus their attention, and said they cared more about school after going through the program.

Civics

We donated $450,000 to programs that empower youth, minorities and immigrant communities to participate in civic life through voter registration/GOTV programs, civics education programs and volunteerism.

Success Story: Generation Citizen
Our support helped middle and high school students learn how to solve problems in their own communities and put civics into action. Projects during the 10-week program included interning for local council members and lobbying for youth participation on community boards.

Community

We gave $1.6 million to groups that help communities address basic needs such as hunger, homelessness, and unemployment. We also support after school activities that help kids grow outside of the classroom and programs that help communities manage disasters.

Success Story: Police Athletic League
We sponsor hands-on STEM learning, activities, and field trips at 24 after-school centers in low-income communities. Students show off what they’ve learned at a year-end science fair.

Education

We gave $4.3 million to education programs that inspire students to imagine, invent, and engineer.

Success Story: Energy Tech High School
Our employees spent more than 160 hours teaching Energy Tech students to help prepare them for careers in engineering and technology. We also hosted tours of our plants and work sites to show the variety of jobs available at Con Edison.

Environment

We gave $1.8 million in charitable support focused on empowering community leaders, young people, and others to protect the environment and to maintain green spaces in the city.

Success Story: Green Design Lab, Solar One
We empowered students to think about ways to use less energy, and come up with projects to make their schools more sustainable. The 140 participating schools now use 4.2 percent less energy on average.

Volunteering

Our employees and their families donate time and resources to their communities at volunteer events. Nearly 700 of our people volunteered more than 8,500 hours at 230+ events in 2016.

Success Story: Habitat for Humanity®
More than 150 Con Edison volunteers offered over 950 hours of expertise to install energy-saving features in homes, including high-performance insulation and solar panels.

Matching Gifts

We encourage our employees to contribute to nonprofit organizations throughout New York City and Westchester County, and match contributions dollar-for-dollar up to $5,000. We give up to $625,000 per year in matching gifts.