Duke Energy: Water Resources Fund Grant

Duke Energy

Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $100,000

Next deadline: Nov 1, 2018 9:00am PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: May 1, 2019 9:00am PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit Elementary / Secondary School College / University

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Preferred: Counties in North Carolina: Alamance County, Alexander County, Anson County, Avery County, Beaufort County, Bladen County, Brunswick County, Buncombe County, Burke County, Cabarrus County, Caldwell County, Carteret County, Caswell County, Catawba County, Chatham County, Cherokee County, Cleveland County, Columbus County, Craven County, Cumberland County, Davidson County, Davie County, Duplin County, Durham County, Edgecombe County, Forsyth County, Franklin County, Gaston County, Graham County, Granville County, Greene County, Guilford County, Halifax County, Harnett County, Haywood County, Henderson County, Hoke County, Iredell County, Jackson County, Johnston County, Jones County, Lee County, Lenoir County, Lincoln County, Macon County, Madison County, McDowell County, Mecklenburg County, Mitchell County, Montgomery County, Moore County, Nash County, New Hanover County, Onslow County, Orange County, Pamlico County, Pender County, Person County, Pitt County, Polk County, Randolph County, Richmond County, Robeson County, Rockingham County, Rowan County, Rutherford County, Sampson County, Scotland County, Stanly County, Stokes County, Surry County, Swain County, Transylvania County, Union County, Wake County, Warren County, Wayne County, Wilkes County, Wilson County, Yadkin County, Yancey County, Counties in South Carolina: Abbeville County, Anderson County, Cherokee County, Chester County, Chesterfield County, Clarendon County, Darlington County, Dillon County, Florence County, Georgetown County, Greenville County, Greenwood County, Horry County, Kershaw County, Lancaster County, Laurens County, Lee County, Marion County, Marlboro County, Newberry County, Oconee County, Pickens County, Spartanburg County, Sumter County, Union County, Williamsburg County, York County Other eligible locations: Counties in Georgia: Banks County, Burke County, Chatham County, Clarke County, Columbia County Expand all

Location of residency: United States

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Note: The committee will only review up to 50 LOIs each round, so it is important to note that if 50 LOIs have been received prior to the deadlines below, the cycle will close at that time.  

Duke Energy is committed to protecting, improving and restoring waterways in the Carolinas and promoting environmental education and conservation. The Water Resources Fund will leave a lasting impact on our region’s waterways by expanding nonprofit partnerships and enhancing the environments where families live, play and work.

In September 2014, the Duke Energy Foundation announced a $10 million fund for projects benefiting waterways in the Carolinas or immediately downstream of our operational facilities in Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia. The fund includes a $1.5 million designation for projects in the Dan River Basin Region that benefit waterways or help develop the economic and community vitality of the region. 

Programs supported by the fund are science-based and research-supported and provide direct benefit to at least one of the following focus areas:     

  • Improve water quality, quantity and conservation    
  • Enhance fish and wildlife management habitats    
  • Expand public use and access to waterways    
  • Increase citizens’ awareness about their roles in protecting water resources 

We are seeking nonprofit and local government partners with relevant programs to apply to the fund. Investment decisions are made by the Water Resources Fund committee and managed by the North Carolina Community Foundation.

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


  • Eligible applicants are 501c3 nonprofit organizations, or local governmental organizations including municipalities, counties and schools that:
    • Demonstrate collaboration on environmental issues with state and local governments and industry stakeholders.    
    • Benefit waterways in North Carolina and South Carolina or immediately downstream of Duke Energy operational facilities in Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia, as depicted on this eligibility map
  • Property acquisition proposals wherein the purchase has been made already are accepted; however, they will receive lower priority. 
    • Favorable consideration will be given to these projects if they are geographically desirable to the program's scope or if there are other unique contributing factors.


  • Priority will be given to programs and projects in Duke Energy Service areas and regions where Duke Energy has facilities, as shown within the red line on the eligibility map.        


  • Tuition support is not eligible for a Water Resources Fund grant.
  • Funding Restrictions:
    • Lobbying organizations and/or organizations whose primary mission is advocacy
    • Salaries and other operating/administrative costs
    • Satisfaction or enforcement of any regulatory requirements for the proposed project or for any other related or unrelated projects, whether ongoing or future
    • Capital investments beyond those necessary for project execution
    • Interest on loans to support purchases already made
      • This program prefers to support property acquisition projects that will take place in the future.

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