Powerful Communities: K - 12 Education Grants

Duke Energy

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Jan 31, 2021

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Counties in Florida: Alachua County, Bay County, Citrus County, Columbia County, Dixie County Show all

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



Creating Powerful Communities

Creating Powerful Communities means powering the lives of our customers and the vitality of our communities with over $30 million in charitable grants each year.

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 all.

Giving Priorities: K-12 Education

Bright futures begin in the classroom, and every child deserves a fair chance at academic success.

These grants support:

  • Programs to address the summer reading loss (“summer slide”) experienced by rising kindergartners through rising third-graders
  • Programs that advance energy, engineering and environmental education through student programming or teacher professional development 

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. Governmental entities will need to submit an IRS letter of determination. To request an IRS letter of determination, contact the IRS at 877.829.5500 or view this sample letter.
    • 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 


  • Programs serving under-represented, low-income or diverse audiences, including 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. 


  • 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 Corporation, 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 K-12 schools or organizations that operate within an individual school. We will consider school grants at the district level.
    • 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
    • General operating expenses
    • Capital investments and improvements
    • Endowments or other foundations