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Urban Revitalization

Creating meaningful impact in our communities

We’ve employed a grants management system. Please see important notes:

  • New logins to the Duke Energy grant application are required, and old logins will no longer work. The online grant application will walk you through the process. Note that in doing so, you’ll receive an email. Please be sure to click the link within it to complete your registration and proceed with the grant application.
  • Selecting organizations – Early in the application process, you’ll be asked to select your organization from a drop-down menu. (This is a link to Benevity, the organization we use to vet nonprofit organizations and process grant payments.) If you can’t find your organization, select “Cancel” and follow the prompts indicating that you did not find it. We’ll then work behind the scenes to register the organization with Benevity.
    • After submitting your application, nonprofits and government entities not currently registered with Benevity can expect an email from with the subject line, “Your organization was nominated for Benevity’s Causes Portal.”
    • This process can take up to four weeks or more. The email may also request you to provide a W-9 and letter on your letterhead or an IRS letter of determination.
    • Once you are registered with Benevity, we can approve the grant and process payment.
In addition to completing the grants application, please complete this form and upload it in the supporting documents section. Applications Due July 31.

Urban Revitalization Grants

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

Funding will be directed to “urban centers” defined as historic river communities, Cincinnati neighborhoods (except the Central Business District and Over the Rhine, where significant redevelopment is already taking place), and the “first ring” suburbs.

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 such as:

  • Professional Services –architectural design and engineering services
  • Environmental Services 
  • Consulting Services – real estate market analysis, financial feasibility analysis

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

Preferential interest will be given to projects that:

  • Serve the underserved, diverse and low-income populations
  • Support minority and female-owned businesses