Duke Energy: Ohio Strategic Impact Grants

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Deadline: Jun 15, 2020

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid Economic Services & Development Community Development & Revitalization

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Government Entity

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Ohio: Adams County, Brown County, Butler County, Clermont County, Clinton County Show all

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:

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Overview:

Powerful Communities: Urban Revitalization Grants

These grants support redevelopment opportunities that will address urban blight and building vacancies while promoting business retention and revitalization. The intention is to bring businesses and jobs as well as spur additional development in the areas that Duke Energy serves.

Given the COVID-19 crisis, the Duke Energy Foundation has adjusted funding criteria this year to help meet needs outside the urban core and provide expanded funding opportunities for economic development and small business assistance.

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).

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

Eligibility:

  • Your organization 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.

Preferences:

  • Preferential treatment will be given to projects that:
    • Serve the underserved, diverse and low-income populations.
    • Support minority- and female-owned businesses.
    • Provide assistance to organizations to help businesses recover from COVID-19.

Ineligibility:

  • What’s not funded:
    • Organization operating funds.
    • Capital or endowment campaigns.
    • Bricks and mortar.
    • Equipment purchases (e.g., windows, new roof, etc.).
    • Travel expenses.
    • Municipal street lighting projects.
    • Installation of underground electric service.
    • Streetscapes.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 the Power for Students program.
    • Religious programs, projects or activities.
    • Direct cost reduction for electric or gas service provided by Duke Energy.
    • External fundraising campaigns or events.
    • General operating expenses.
    • Capital investments and improvements.
    • Endowments or other foundations.

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