Funding part of company’s new Powerful Communities philanthropic program
Grants available to address summer reading loss and energy, engineering and environmental education
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy Foundation is accepting grant applications for programs that support K-12 education as part of its new Powerful Communities philanthropic program, which will award strategic charitable grants to nonprofit organizations to build powerful communities by bolstering education, developing the future workforce of the energy sector and conserving and protecting our environment.
In 2017, Duke Energy Foundation invested more than $33 million to support communities throughout Duke Energy’s seven-state service area.
“Our new Powerful Communities grant program allows us to support programs that are closely aligned with building the smarter energy future our customers want and deserve,” said Cari Boyce, president of the Duke Energy Foundation. “We are excited to be a part of building stronger communities across our service territory.”
Applications for the Powerful Communities: K-12 Education grant cycle will be accepted through Jan. 31, 2019. Funding will focus on programs that address the summer reading loss experienced by rising kindergartners through rising third-graders and that advance energy, engineering and environmental education. Programs that extend into out-of-school time and that serve under-represented, low-income or diverse audiences will be given preference in this grant cycle.
In addition to K-12 education, Powerful Communities will also include designated grant application windows for the following grant cycles:
Workforce – Workforce development programs aligned with the energy industry’s future workforce.
Nature – Programs supporting water quality, quantity, conservation and access, habitat and forest restoration and conservation, and species conservation.
State Strategic Impact – Priorities defined annually at the state level to respond to the unique needs of the states Duke Energy serves.
Duke Energy will continue to accept ongoing applications for smaller grants that support local communities.