The Duke Energy Foundation supports effective education programs and initiatives that span the kindergarten through career spectrum with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills; childhood reading proficiency; and workforce development.
The foundation is interested in high-performing and sustainable programs that contribute to building a diverse workforce of the future. Key examples include: creating greater access to and participation in STEM-related information education opportunities (out-of-school time), building STEM knowledge and skills in schools by encouraging innovation and supporting proven programs, achieving a sufficient supply of well-prepared STEM teachers, supporting reading initiatives to ensure students are on track to read at grade level by the end of grade 3, closing the gap in reading achievement that separates many low-income students from their peers, increasing capacity for the region’s workforce through higher education and job readiness or skills training programs, and preparing students for tomorrow’s economy through college and career readiness programs.
Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations and governmental entities are eligible to apply. Foundation funds are used to support programs, projects, and agencies considered to be strategic and in alignment with the areas of focus and the company’s core values. Funds are given to programs and organizations that reside or operate within the company’s regulated service territory. The foundation does not provide funding to individual schools (as opposed to school districts). Applications must be submitted online.
Eligibility: Public, Charter, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations)
Award: Awards vary
Deadline: Applications are accepted January through February, annually