Investment Priorities

K to Career

We support effective education programs and initiatives that span the kindergarten-to-career spectrum, with a focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills, childhood reading proficiency and workforce development. 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. Education and training are important throughout one’s career. Workforce development initiatives, including higher education and job readiness programs, can help create the next generation workforce business and industries need to be successful.
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Jan. 1 – Feb. 29

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:


Pinellas County Education Foundation (Florida)
  Duke Energy’s $252,000 grant will expand STEM education for nearly 40,000 students, including providing a STEM After-School Program in every Title I elementary, middle and high school in the county.

Children’s Museum of the Upstate (South Carolina)  A $25,000 grant from Duke Energy enabled the museum to develop an energy curriculum with hands-on experiments as part of its highly successful field trip program for visiting school groups. The museum is also developing an outreach program for schools unable to travel to the museum.

Foundation of Monroe County Community Schools (Indiana)  Duke Energy grants totaling $40,000 in 2015 and 2016 enabled the Foundation to provide an intensive summer reading program for more than 60 at-risk first and second graders. Aimed at reducing the summer learning slide, the program included parent involvement.

Enable America (North Carolina)  Duke Energy’s $65,000 grant is helping transitioning military and veterans with job search instruction and career coaching through VetConnect’s Job Seekers Workshops. More than 70% of job seekers who’ve attended VetConnect have attained employment.
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Butler Tech Drone Camp (Kentucky) - Funds are used to create an Unmanned Aircraft Operations Program (most commonly known as Drone Pilot).The Summer Drone Camp allowed 800 students to experience a Drone Technology Curriculum Module. This training is designed to meet the new and ever increasing needs of business and industry for Drone pilots, technology, and related applications.


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.
Application Period
July 1 – Aug. 31

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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:

Thomas More College (Kentucky) - Thomas More College uses grant funds from Duke Energy to boost its fish and water quality research programs at the school’s Biology Field Station in Campbell County, Ky., and to expand its STEM collaborations with teachers and students throughout the Greater Cincinnati region. The facility is also home for the Center for Ohio River Research and Education (CORRE).  Thomas More College Logo
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Foundation for Ohio River Education (Ohio)  Duke Energy provided $40,000 to FORE’s Research, Education and Adventure Charters (River REACH) program. More than 1,600 students will have a hands-on opportunity to test water quality and study fish and aquatic organisms along the Ohio River.

North Carolina Coastal Land Trust (North Carolina) 
 This $60,000 grant helped the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust prepare two coastal land properties for public access. The land trust enhanced public experience and further developed the nature preserves to serve visitors for years to come.
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Clearwater Marine Aquarium (Florida) 
 A $100,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation helped the aquarium expand its efforts to rehabilitate sea turtles that are sick or injured, and also helped protect the endangered and threatened species through education of environmental stewardship.

Please note that the Water Resources Fund has a separate application process.

Community Impact

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. We also support strategic community initiatives that address specific needs within a region. Grant applications for these initiatives are by invitation only.
Application Period
Apr. 1 – May 31

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The Duke Energy Foundation invests in programs that support the arts and culture and strengthen the nonprofit community. We also support strategic initiatives that respond to needs regional-specific needs. Examples of programs we fund include:


Peace Center (South Carolina) 
 The Duke Energy grant of $25,000 to the Peace Partners Program helped expand the Youth Performance Series to more schools in the Upstate, allowing K-12 students the opportunity to see performances that connect with the classroom curriculum in innovative ways at no cost.

NC Center for Nonprofits (North Carolina) 
 The North Carolina Center for Nonprofits received a $40,000 grant to help build the leadership capacity of 150 nonprofit leaders through training.
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Citrus Youth Educational Symphonic Orchestra, Inc. (Florida)  Duke Energy grants of over $25,000 have helped support the children’s music program and given a boost to the teaching curriculum. This nonprofit group is unique in that it is staffed solely by volunteer members from the community.
Northern Kentucky University (Kentucky) - The Next Generation STEM Classroom Project offers professional development to teachers across Northern Kentucky, delivering a unique combination of valuable skills as they transition into the Next Generation Science Standards. Duke Energy’s grants support middle school teacher scholarships to ensure the teachers have the training they need to combat the forces limiting students’ interest and advancement in STEM.  Northern Kentucky University Logo

Local Community Development Grants

These include grants up to $10,000 for grassroots nonprofit organizations whose programs and mission support the Duke Energy Foundation's three investment priorities: K to career, environment and community impact. These are targeted investments designed to meet local community development needs. Applications may be submitted at any time.

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