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Duke Energy Foundation Grants

K-12 Education: Nov. 1-Jan 31, 2021

These grants support:

  • Programs to address the summer reading loss (“summer slide”) experienced by rising kindergartners through rising third-graders with an emphasis on addressing new gaps/barriers created by COVID.
  • Programs for fourth through twelfth grade students that advance energy, engineering and environmental education through student programming or teacher professional development and that also create equal learning environments in these areas for people of color.
  • Programs serving under-represented, low-income or diverse audiences, including people of color, women and minorities, will be given preference in this grant cycle. Programs that extend into out-of-school time will be given preference in this grant cycle.

Workforce: Feb. 1-April 30

These grants support:

  • Workforce development programs that address the most pressing skills gaps in communities that we serve.
  • Programs cultivating the energy-sector’s future workforce will be given priority in this grant cycle.

Nature: May 1-July 31

These grants support:

  • Water quality, quantity, conservation and access
  • Habitat and forest restoration and conservation
  • Species conservation 

State: applications open for:

Ohio: April 1-June 15

Grant applications may include, but are not limited to, projects that: 

  • Deter the decline of cities, neighborhoods and main street corridors 
  • Impact job growth or retention
  • Support community vitality
  • Act as catalysts to spur additional commercial redevelopment activities
  • Create jobs through commercial redevelopment

Grants will fund, but are not limited to:

  • Predevelopment Functions
  • Professional Services –architectural design and engineering services
  • Environmental Services 
  • Consulting Services – real estate market analysis, financial feasibility analysis
  • Economic Development / Small Business Assistance
  • Business coaching to address COVID-19 impacts 
  • Market business districts affected by economic downturn (COVID-19)

Kentucky: April 1-June 30

Grant applications may include, but are not limited to, projects that: 

  • Deter the decline of cities, neighborhoods and main street corridors 
  • Impact job growth or retention
  • Support community vitality
  • Act as catalysts to spur additional commercial redevelopment activities
  • Create jobs through commercial redevelopment

Grants will fund, but are not limited to:

  • Predevelopment Functions
  • Professional Services –architectural design and engineering services
  • Environmental Services 
  • Consulting Services – real estate market analysis, financial feasibility analysis
  • Economic Development / Small Business Assistance
  • Business coaching to address COVID-19 impacts 
  • Market business districts affected by economic downturn (COVID-19)

North Carolina

  • Small business support awards will focus on businesses with <50 employees. 
  • Small business support awards are intended to help small businesses recover or “pivot” as a result of COVID-19. A pivot may include adding enhanced service or commerce opportunities for the business to adjust to the effects of the crises, such as modifying physical space, improving an e-commerce site for online sales, or expanding capacity for delivering goods and services. Some expenditures may include furniture for expanded outdoor dining, materials for construction of takeout windows, accessibility compliance for additional outdoor seating, additional fixtures required for compliance with public health issues, and building of e-commerce platforms, as well as other equipment or tools needed for creative adaptation and pivoting of businesses. 
  • Payroll, rent and utilities are excluded.
  • The small business support awards may be used to reimburse small businesses for expenses already incurred. 
  • Small business support awards may also support storefront beautification projects, but COVID-19 recovery projects will be prioritized.

Florida: Grants are invitation only and will be reviewed and awarded on a continuous basis through Oct. 31.

Impactful projects will focus on (preferably at least two of the below priorities):

  • Providing storm preparedness initiatives with a focus on low income communities
  • Expanding cultural program access for under served, diverse and low-income populations
  • Supporting social justice and racial equity initiatives in the communities we serve
  • Responding to COVID-19 related impacts in our communities

Local: rolling

Grants $10,000 and under are available in four defined areas:

  • K-12 Education
  • Nature
  • Workforce
  • State Strategic Impact 

Additional focus areas may be defined by the community relations manager in each geographic region $5,000 and under. Power for Students grants aiming to improve extracurricular activities and programs for students in underserved communities are available $5,000 and under.


Opportunity offered by:

Duke Energy Foundation

The Duke Energy Foundation is committed to making strategic investments to build powerful communities where nature and wildlife thrive, students can excel and a talented workforce drives economic prosperity for…
Location(s) where available

Florida
Indiana
Kentucky
North Carolina
South Carolina

Minimum grant amount (USD)

$5,000

Maximum grant amount (USD)

$10,000

Areas of focus

Business/Economy
Climate Change
Education
Natural Resources
Small Business
Underrepresented Community(ies)

This is a recurring opportunity