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Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies in Multiple States
for Workforce Development Programs in the Energy Sector

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Duke Energy Foundation

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and government entities in multiple states for workforce development and training programs in the energy sector. Preference will be given to programs that serve low-income, diverse, and under-represented audiences, including women and minorities.

Through these grants, Duke is investing in workforce education and training programs that prepare future workers to develop innovative solutions for the energy industry’s most pressing challenges. These grants support workforce development programs aligned with the energy industry’s future workforce.

Eligible states include North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. See Grant Coverage Areas below for more details.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184622

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To qualify for grant funding consideration, 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
- 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 schools or organizations that operate within an individual school. School grants at the district level will be considered.
- 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 period opens February 1 until April 30; grant decisions are announced by June 30.


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

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Geographic Focus:

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