Privacy Policy

We take great care to ensure the privacy of all grant applicants. Please familiarize yourself with our privacy policy, which explains what personal information is, and how we collect, protect and share it.


What is personal information?

Personal information is information that identifies or describes you. Some examples may include your name in conjunction with home address, telephone number, email address, and driver license number.


How do we collect your personal information?

We collect your personal information when you submit your application for a clean vehicle grant. We also gain access to your personal information when you submit an e-signed copy of the 4506-T form through our partners at Veri-Tax. By signing and submitting this form, you allow the IRS to send Beneficial State Foundation the first page of your most recent tax return, which we use to verify your income. Depending on your application circumstances, we may require additional information from you by phone or e-mail.


How do we protect your personal information?

Beneficial State Foundation has security measures in place to protect against loss, misuse, unauthorized access, or alteration of the information that you have provided as part of the grant application process. We follow practices consistent with federal guidelines to protect the information stored in our facility through a number of security measures, which include: restricting employee access to confidential or sensitive information, securing access to the area where this information is processed, storing confidential information in locked desks, filing cabinets, and storage rooms, saving electronic files in a secure network location, and password protecting confidential data files.


How do we share your information with other entities?

We share a limited subset of your personal information with third-party organizations that are directly affiliated with the implementation of the Clean Vehicle Assistance Program. These organizations are Beneficial State Bank, GRID Alternatives, Center for Sustainable Energy, and the California Air Resources Board. Information that you provide but that does not identify you personally may be included and aggregated with other applicants’ information for statistical reporting.

If your application requires direct involvement of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), we may refer your personal information to its representative.  For CARB’s treatment of personal information please see CARB’s privacy policy