Water Resources Fund

Duke Energy is committed to protecting, improving and restoring waterways in the Carolinas and promoting environmental education and conservation. The Water Resources Fund will leave a lasting impact on our region’s waterways by expanding nonprofit partnerships and enhancing the environments where families live, play and work.

About the fund

In September 2014, the Duke Energy Foundation announced a $10 million fund for projects benefiting waterways in the Carolinas or immediately downstream of our operational facilities in Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia. The fund includes a $1.5 million designation for projects in the Dan River Basin Region that benefit waterways or help develop the economic and community vitality of the region.

Programs supported by the fund are science-based and research-supported and provide direct benefit to at least one of the following focus areas:

  • Improve water quality, quantity and conservation
  • Enhance fish and wildlife management habitats
  • Expand public use and access to waterways
  • Increase citizens’ awareness about their roles in protecting water resources

We are seeking nonprofit and local government partners with relevant programs to apply to the fund. Investment decisions are made by the Water Resources Fund committee and managed by

the North Carolina Community Foundation.

To learn more about the types of projects we fund, read our news release announcing the Water Resources Fund. You can also view a current list of our Water Resources Fund grant recipients.


Applications are open to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or local governmental organizations that:

  • Demonstrate collaboration on environmental issues with state and local governments and industry stakeholders
  • Benefit waterways in North Carolina and South Carolina or immediately downstream of Duke Energy operational facilities in Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia, as depicted on this eligibility map. Priority will be given to programs and projects in Duke Energy service areas and regions where Duke Energy has facilities, as shown within the red line on the eligibility map.

The North Carolina Community Foundation administers the application process. The grant application is available on the North Carolina Community Foundation website.

The program uses a multi-stage process, beginning with a letter of inquiry. Organizations advancing to the next stage will be invited to complete a full application. Decisions are made twice a year. For questions about the application process, please contact Leslie Ann Jackson at .

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