The Duke Energy Foundation powers vibrant communities in the regions we serve by focusing on four investment priorities.
We fund projects that support Duke Energy’s core initiatives in the following areas:
- Education – STEM and Early Childhood Literacy
- Economic and Workforce Development
- Community Impact and Cultural Enrichment
- Local Community Development Grants
Supporting effective education programs and initiatives that emphasize science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), as well as programs that increase childhood reading proficiency, is a critical focus for Duke Energy.
Programs that foster a growing interest in the STEM fields and/or enhance childhood literacy help our communities continue to grow and produce skilled workers who bring new ideas and innovations to our lives. Our children are the future leaders of our communities, and it is imperative that we contribute to their success.
January – February
About our Funding
The Duke Energy Foundation invests in high-performing, sustainable programs and initiatives that contribute to our goal of helping build a diverse workforce of the future. Examples of programs we fund include:
As part of our commitment to attracting and retaining businesses within our service territories, Duke Energy provides funding to workforce development initiatives to help prepare the next generation for work in the states where we serve. These initiatives advance economic development and increase employment opportunities, which lead to a highly qualified workforce.
August – September
About Our Funding
The Duke Energy Foundation invests in programs that help communities define and articulate their economic development strategies and support the development of a skilled workforce. Examples of programs we fund include:
Center for Great Neighborhoods (Kentucky) With the help of Duke Energy’s $35,000 grant, the Center for Great Neighborhoods renovated a vacant lumber mill into a creative commercial center. The center includes artist/maker’s studios, event space, and new offices.
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.
July – August
About Our Funding
The Duke Energy Foundation invests in programs that promote environmental education and programs that protect, improve or restore natural resources. Examples of programs we fund include:
Audubon of Florida Birds of Prey (Florida) Since 2009, Duke Energy has supported Audubon of Florida Birds of Prey. With the help of a $75,000 grant in 2014, the organization was better able to serve its mission of rescuing, treating, rehabilitating and releasing Florida’s raptors.
Please note that the Water Resources Fund has a separate application process.
Nonprofit organizations, 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.
April – May
About Our Funding
The Duke Energy Foundation invests in programs that support the arts and culture, as well as programs that strengthen the nonprofit community. Examples of programs we fund include:
With the help of a $25,000 grant from Duke Energy, the Francis Marion University Foundation provided opportunities for children in the rural Pee Dee region through a set of culturally enriching, educational programs.
We offer local community grants up to $10,000 to grassroots nonprofit organizations whose programs and mission support The Duke Energy Foundation's four investment priorities: education, economic and workforce development, environment and community impact. These are targeted investments designed to meet local community development needs. Applications may be submitted at any time.