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Online Grant Application

The Duke Energy Foundation Grant Application

The Duke Energy Foundationís philanthropic investment priorities and grant cycles have changed. For more information, see this fact sheet. Our website will reflect the changes in late September. Should you have any questions, donít hesitate to contact us at

The Duke Energy Foundation actively works to strengthen the quality of life in the communities we serve. We fund programs that support Duke Energy's philanthropic strategies in the following investment priorities: education, workforce and economic development, environment and community impact.

The Duke Energy Foundation receives grant requests for funding during specific request for proposal (RFP) cycles for each investment priority. While an organization's programming may align with more than one investment priority, the Foundation prefers to provide funding to an organization once in a 12-month period. Therefore, we encourage you to first do a comprehensive evaluation of your organizationís funding needs and programmatic goals/outcomes to determine which investment priority and funding cycle to pursue. This does not preclude you from applying to more than one investment priority during a 12-month period, but receiving funding in multiple investment priorities during this time period will be rare.

All grant requests must be entered through Duke Energy's online grant application system.


The Application Process

The first step is to complete an eligibility quiz, which is a series of questions to determine your organization's eligibility with funding guidelines and alignment with Duke Energy's investment priorities. After completing the eligibility quiz, all first-time applicants will register to create an account on the Duke Energy Foundation grant management system. Once you've created an account, you will be directed to the appropriate grant application.

After the proposal cycle closes, each grant application is reviewed and assessed by the Foundation staff. Final grant approval typically occurs three to five months from the close of the cycle. Local community development grants (less than $10,000) are reviewed and approved year-round, and final grant approval should occur within two to three months.

The Foundation will accept grants during these time frames:

  • Environment: July - August
  • Economic Development and Workforce Development: August - September
  • Education: January - February
  • Community Impact and Cultural Enrichment: April - May*
  • Local Community Development Grants: Ongoing

*The April-May grant cycle includes the Urban Revitalization Initiative in Ohio and Kentucky, which identifies opportunities that can spur additional commercial redevelopment activities. The program seeks redevelopment opportunities that will impact blight, job creation, building vacancies, workforce retraining opportunities, business retention or expansion, or other elements of revitalization.