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Grants to North Carolina Nonprofits and Agencies
to Support Racial Equity and Social Justice

State Strategic Impact Grants - North Carolina

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Duke Energy Foundation

Conf. Date:

06/22/21

Deadline Date:

08/31/21

Description:

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Grants of $25,000 to North Carolina nonprofit organizations and governmental entities in eligible counties to address systemic racism. Funding is intended to support organizations that are working towards racial equity and social justice. The purpose of funding is to empower organizations that are led by, and provide services to, communities of color.

Targeted Types of Grants:

Grant applications should come from organizations with specific programming addressing social justice and racial equity – this should be the organization’s primary mission. Initiatives the organization is working on may include, but are not limited to:

  • Trainings and policy reform
  • Criminal justice reform, including community policing
  • Civic engagement for communities of color
  • Reducing disparate outcomes for people of color through education and workforce development
  • Legal assistance, including pathways to citizenship

Eligible counties: Alamance, Alexander, Anson, Avery, Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Buncombe, Burke, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Carteret, Caswell, Catawba, Chatham, Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Davidson, Davie, Duplin, Durham, Edgecombe, Forsyth, Franklin, Gaston, Graham, Granville, Greene, Guilford, Halifax, Harnett, Haywood, Henderson, Hoke, Iredell, Jackson, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mecklenburg, Mitchell, Montgomery, Moore, Nash, New, Hanover, Onslow, Orange, Pamlico, Pender, Person, Pitt, Polk, Randolph, Richmond, Robeson, Rockingham, Rowan, Rutherford, Sampson, Scotland, Stanly, Stokes, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Union, Vance, Wake, Warren, Wayne, Wilkes, Wilson, Yadkin, and Yancey

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 195241

Estimated Size of Grant:

This grant program will award $25,000 grants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

Strategic Principles:
- Nonprofits with a history of championing social justice and racial equity work on behalf of people of color, as represented in their mission statements and previous bodies of work, are the priority for this program.
- Nonprofits led by people of color, a historically underfunded group across philanthropy, will be given additional consideration in the grant review process.
- Preference will be given to nonprofits not already funded by, or not eligible for, the Duke Energy
- Foundation’s other competitive grant cycles, specifically the K-12 education, workforce and nature grant cycles.
- Organizations awarded a Social Justice and Racial Equity grant in 2020 are eligible to apply again in 2021.
- The nonprofit applicant may be a governmental entity if the organization meets the strategic principles listed above.
- All regions of North Carolina served by Duke Energy Progress or Duke Energy Carolinas are eligible.

Restrictions:

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 organizations 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 benefit from the grant
- Nonprofit organizations that are opposing or intervening parties (or that fund any such parties) in any proceeding in which Duke Energy is a party, or that fund or produce negative advertisements against Duke Energy.

The Foundation does not fund grants for programs and projects associated with, but not limited to, the following:
- Individual K-12 schools or organizations that operate within an individual school. School grants at the district level will be considered.
- Sports teams or events, with the exception of Power for Students
- Religious programs, projects or activities
- Direct cost reduction for electric or natural gas service provided by Duke Energy
- External fundraising campaigns or events
- Capital investments and improvements
- Endowments or other foundations

Pre-proposal Conference:

Pre-Application Information:

Application period open June 1 – Aug. 31; grant decisions by Oct. 31.

Contact Information:

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

Online application:
http://www.cybergrants.com/pls/cybergrants/ao_login.login?x_gm_id=5210&x_proposal_type_id=74412

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Grant Coverage Areas:

Eligible Counties: Alamance, Alexander, Anson, Avery, Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Buncombe, Burke, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Carteret, Caswell, Catawba, Chatham, Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Davidson, Davie, Duplin, Durham, Edgecombe, Forsyth, Franklin, Gaston, Graham, Granville, Greene, Guilford, Halifax, Harnett, Haywood, Henderson, Hoke, Iredell, Jackson, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mecklenburg, Mitchell, Montgomery, Moore, Nash, New, Hanover, Onslow, Orange, Pamlico, Pender, Person, Pitt, Polk, Randolph, Richmond, Robeson, Rockingham, Rowan, Rutherford, Sampson, Scotland, Stanly, Stokes, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Union, Vance, Wake, Warren, Wayne, Wilkes, Wilson, Yadkin, and Yancey

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