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Grants to North Carolina Community Colleges for Training and Workforce Development


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USA: North Carolina

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Duke Energy/Piedmont Natural Gas Community College Grants

Duke Energy and North Carolina Community Foundation and Foundation for the Carolinas

Grant Provider's 990

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #162968

Grant Description

Grants to North Carolina eligible colleges for training and workforce development. Funding is intended for proposals that focus on giving students hands-on experience and give businesses access to skilled workers. Preference is given to programs that provide training within the manufacturing industry. Eligible applicants must be located in the Duke Energy's or Piedmont Natural Gas’s service area.

The grants are open to community colleges throughout the state for registered apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs designed for new and incumbent workers, preferably within the manufacturing industry.

Proposals made to this grant program need to:

  • Focus on the need for a skill pipeline for existing and potential industry in the community college’s area of service, with a preference (not a restriction) for training that supports the manufacturing industry
  • Fund adult registered apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs for incumbent and new employees who are not currently enrolled in high school, to include those employees receiving a youth tuition waiver, per legislation
  • Demonstrate a substantial commitment from specific industry partners
  • Deliver outcomes within the grant term, including:
    • Wage increases for participants
    • Number of participants enrolled and retained in the program
    • Job retention/promotion of participants

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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants from the Duke Energy/Piedmont Natural Gas Community College Grant Program are awarded to North Carolina community and technical colleges in Duke Energy's or Piedmont Natural Gas’s service area.

See list of colleges in NC that are eligible for this program at

Funds may not be used for staff training and development or for college personnel salaries or other administrative/operating costs.

Pre-Application Information:

The process begins with applicants submitting a letter of inquiry (LOI). Letters are reviewed twice a year by the grant committee, once in the summer and once in the winter, with deadlines of July 1 and February 1, respectively. Everyone who submits a letter of inquiry will be notified of the outcome of the committee review. The grant committee will invite selected applicants to submit a full application, based on their LOI. The entire process - from LOI to grant award - takes approximately 6 months.

All letters of inquiry and full proposals must be submitted electronically, using the Foundation For The Carolinas Online Grants Center.

Applicants selected to advance beyond the LOI stage and are invited to submit a full application will be required, at the time of application, to provide approved Training Program Request forms for each industry sponsor identified in their proposal, verifying the sponsor's status as a registered apprenticeship program. Once a registered apprenticeship is approved by the appropriate state agency, an approved TPR form is issued to the industry sponsor by the appropriate state agency, currently the NC Community College System. Note that TPR forms issued by past issuing agencies (i.e., the NC Department of Labor and NC Department of Commerce) will be honored if they are directly relevant to this proposal. If you have additional questions about this requirement, please contact FFTC.

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Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum amount for an individual grant is $200,000 for this program, with no more than $75,000 allotted for equipment.

Term of Contract:

The funds must be spent and outcomes realized within four years of the award date.

Contact Information:

Online Grants Center:

If you have questions about the program, please contact Kindl Detar at or Katie Martin at For questions about using the Online Grants Center, please contact Katie Martin at

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