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Duke Energy Water Resource Fund Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and Schools in
Multiple States to Promote Watershed Quality

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF) - Duke Energy Water Resource Fund

Deadline Date:

05/01/18 Noon


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Grants starting at $10,000 to Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and schools to enhance water quality within the funding source’s service area.

Priority will be given to programs and projects that meet the following criteria:

-Efforts to address water quality and quantity issues in streams or watersheds that are identified as priorities in state or local watershed action plans
-Encourage education and awareness of water quality, quantity and conservation issues preferably focused on helping individuals understand how their actions impact the overall health of a river basin
-Research focused on improving water quality, quantity and conservation issues
-River management plans
-Watershed studies
-Purchase of conservation easements
-Public use and access to waterways

Grant Considerations:

-Strength of alignment with program goals
-Clear, well-defined Impact related to water
-Feasible, realistic plans, achievable within the grant term
-Sound budget structure with adequate financial support
-Sustainability via continuation of the program and/or lasting benefit
-Evidence of collaboration with supportive partners

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181084

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will range from $10,000 to $100,000.

Term of Contract:

The term of the grant is 18 months from the time of the award, and the project must be completed within that time frame.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:


-501c3 nonprofit (NGO) organizations, or
-Local governmental organizations, including municipalities, counties and schools, that
-Demonstrate collaboration on environmental issues with state and local governments and industry stakeholders.

Eligible programs and projects benefit waterways in North Carolina and South Carolina or immediately downstream of Duke Energy operational facilities in Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia, as depicted on the eligibility map (see Supporting Documents and Grant Coverage Areas below).

Funding Restrictions:

-Organizations are not eligible to receive funding in a given round if they currently are operating under an extension on a project previously funded by the Water Resources Fund.
-Lobbying organizations and/or organizations whose primary mission is advocacy
-Salaries and other operating/administrative costs
-Satisfaction or enforcement of any regulatory requirements for the proposed project or for any other related or unrelated projects, whether ongoing or future
-Capital investments beyond those necessary for project execution
-Interest on loans to support purchases already made. This program prefers to support property acquisition projects that will take place in the future. Property acquisition proposals wherein the purchase has been made already are accepted; however, they will receive lower priority. Favorable consideration will be given to these projects if they are geographically desirable to the program's scope or if there are other unique contributing factors.
-Applications cannot be signed or submitted by a person who is or was a "Designated Individual" as defined by NC General Statute Section 120C-100(a)(2) at the time of submission of the application

Pre-Application Information:

Favorable consideration is given to grants that leverage other funds or in-kind resources.

The process begins with applicants submitting a letter of inquiry (LOI) through the NCCF online system. LOIs are accepted twice each year, according to the schedule below. The committee will only review up to 50 LOIs each round, so it is important to note that if 50 LOIs have been received prior to the deadlines below, the cycle will close at that time.

The next cycle opens April 1, 2018; cycle closes May 1, 2018 at noon.

Everyone who submits a letter of inquiry will be notified of the outcome. Based on the committee's review, up to 30 applicants will be invited to submit full proposals.

Contact Information:

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

Register and apply online (use access code "water"):

Leslie Ann Jackson

Christopher Fipps

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Georgia;   North Carolina;   South Carolina;   Tennessee;   Virginia