Duke Energy Foundation: Local Community Development Grants

Duke Energy

Grant amount: Up to US $10,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit Government Entity

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Florida: Alachua County, Bay County, Brevard County, Citrus County, Columbia County Expand all

Location of residency: United States

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We offer local community development grants up to $10,000 to nonprofit organizations whose programs and missions support at least one of the Duke Energy Foundation's three investment priorities:

K to career: We support effective education programs and initiatives that span the kindergarten-to-career spectrum, with a focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), childhood reading proficiency and workforce development.

Environment: We are dedicated to being good stewards of the environment. Duke Energy supports local programs that help protect and restore wildlife and natural resources, with a special focus on water and air, as well as environmental education programs and programs that support research in emerging energy technologies.

Community Impact: Arts and culture have the power to enhance community vitality. This is why we invest in philanthropic programs and initiatives that provide access to and encourage an appreciation of the arts and culture. In addition, we support capacity-building initiatives that strengthen the nonprofit community through professional development programs and other tools to help nonprofits fulfill their missions. We also support strategic community initiatives that address specific needs within a region.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • 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;
  • These grants are for grassroots nonprofit organizations. 
  • These are targeted investments designed to meet local community development needs.


  • 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 benefit 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

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