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Powerful Communities: K-12 Education

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies in Eligible Communities
for Summer Reading Programs and Environmental Education

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Duke Energy Foundation

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and government agencies in eligible states and counties for reading and educational programs for K-12 children. Funding is intended to support programming to prevent summer reading loss for K-3 children as well as to promote K-12 instruction of environmental, engineering, and energy-related subjects. Counties in Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, and South Carolina that are served by the Foundation are eligible to apply.

Duke Energy Foundation Powerful Communities: K-12 Education grants support:

- Programs to address the summer reading loss (“summer slide”) experienced by rising kindergartners through rising third-graders
- Programs that advance energy, engineering and environmental education through student programming or teacher professional development

Programs serving under-represented, low-income or diverse audiences, including women and minorities, will be given preference in the current grant cycle. Programs that extend into out-of-school time will be given preference in the current grant cycle.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184621

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations must meet the following criteria:

- Have current tax-exempt status as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code or be a governmental entity. Governmental entities will need to submit an IRS letter of determination.
- Serve communities that are also served by Duke Energy. (For Eligible County Listings in each of the 6 states serviced by the Foundation, see Grant Coverage Areas below.)
- Serve communities without discrimination against any individual on the basis of race, creed, gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation or national origin
- Have a method by which to measure, track and report one or more program outcomes and specific results that demonstrate measurable community impact

Foundation grant support is not available for:

- Churches or evangelical organizations
- Organizations with a substantial purpose of influencing any political, legislative or regulatory cause
- Fraternal, veteran or labor membership organizations serving only the members of that organization
- Organizations offering or providing either Duke Energy Corporation, the Duke Energy Foundation, or their respective officers or employees any benefit from the grant

The Foundation does not fund grants for programs and projects associated with, but not limited to, the following:

- Individual K-12 schools or organizations that operate within an individual school. The Foundation will consider school grants at the district level.
- Sports teams or events, with the exception of Power for Students.
- Religious programs, projects or activities
- Direct cost reduction for electric or natural gas service provided by Duke Energy
- External fundraising campaigns or events
- General operating expenses
- Capital investments and improvements
- Endowments or other foundations

Pre-Application Information:

The application is due Jan. 31. Grant decisions will be by March 30.

All grant requests must be entered through the online grant application. The Foundation is unable to accept grant proposals in other formats.

The Foundation prefers to provide funding to an organization once in a 12-month period. 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.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To begin the online application process:

Duke Energy Foundation
526 South Church Street
Charlotte NC

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida;   Indiana;   Kentucky;   North Carolina;   Ohio;   South Carolina