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Duke Energy Foundation Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies in Multiple
States for Environment, Community, and Education

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Grants of up to $10,000 to Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, and South Carolina nonprofit organizations and government agencies to enhance the quality of life in the funding source’s communities. Program areas include community impact, the environment, and education.

Local Community Development Grants are intended for grassroots nonprofit organizations whose programs and mission support the Duke Energy Foundation’s three investment priorities. These are targeted investments designed to meet local community development needs.

K to Career:

Supporting effective education programs and initiatives that emphasize science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and early childhood literacy (K-3) is a critical focus for Duke Energy.

Education and training are life-long needs. Workforce development initiatives, including higher education and job readiness programs, can help create the next generation workforce businesses and industries need to be successful. Duke Energy supports high-performing, sustainable programs and initiatives that contribute to the goal of building a diverse workforce of the future.

Community Impact:

Duke Energy is committed to enhancing the vibrancy and resiliency of the communities it serves. This program provide grants to nonprofit organizations and invest in philanthropic programs that provide access and encourage an appreciation of the arts and culture – powerful tools that connect people and help economies thrive. Duke Energy supports capacity-building initiatives that strengthen the nonprofit community. This may include pilot trainings or professional development programs to build capabilities, knowledge and skills to help nonprofits fulfill their missions. Duke Energy also supports strategic community initiatives that help address region-specific needs. Grant applications for these initiatives are by invitation only.


Duke Energy is committed to environmental stewardship and support environment and wildlife programs that protect, improve or restore natural resources, especially water and air. To advance research in emerging energy technology that promotes clean and reliable energy generation and use, Duke Energy also supports university research and collaboration with industrywide benefits that align with the corporate strategy.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164388

Estimated Size of Grant:

Local Community Development requests are for less than $10,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To qualify for grant funding consideration, your organization must meet the following criteria:
-Have current tax-exempt status as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code or be a governmental entity
-Serve communities that are also served by Duke Energy
-Serve communities without discrimination against any individual on the basis of race, creed, gender, age, sexual orientation or national origin
-Have method by which to measure and track and report one or more program outcomes and specific results that demonstrate measurable community impact

Foundation grant support is not available for:
-Churches or evangelical organizations
-Organizations with a substantial purpose of influencing any political, legislative or regulatory cause
-Fraternal, veteran or labor membership organization serving only the members of that organization
-Organizations offering or providing either Duke Energy Corp., the Duke Energy Foundation, or their respective officers or employees, any bene t from the grant

The Foundation does not fund grants for programs and projects associated with, but not limited to, the following:
-Individual schools or organizations that operate within an individual school
-Sports teams or events
-Animal shelters
-Religious programs, projects or activities
-Cost reduction for electric or gas service provided by the company
-Economic development activities specific to recruiting industry to Duke Energy’s electric or gas systems
-Fundraising events
-General operating expenses
-Capital investments and improvements, except in rare cases
-Endowments or other foundations, except in rare cases

Pre-Application Information:

Organizations are strongly encouraged to contact the Foundation staff with a brief project overview to ensure the project is a fit with the investment priorities. The Foundation team can also provide valuable insights on the process and crafting a competitive application.

Grants are reviewed and approved year-round, and final grant approval should occur within two to three months.

The Foundation will accept grants during these time frames to:
K to Career: January-February
Community Impact: April-May
Environment: July-August
Local Community Development Grants: Ongoing

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Grant Coverage Areas:

Communities served by Duke Energy

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida;   Indiana;   Kentucky;   North Carolina;   Ohio;   South Carolina