Across our communities, many are facing unprecedented financial and emotional hardships as a result of the pandemic. As a result, local relief agencies and nonprofits are struggling to meet their needs.
To help, the Duke Energy Foundation has provided more than $6 million dollars in support of hunger relief, local health and human services and educational initiatives. These funds have been focused on meeting the needs of our local communities through a variety of ways. Initial giving focused on hunger relief, such as meals for seniors, children and families affected by school closings and on support for local health and human services organizations. Moving forward, our giving has focused on public utility assistance across most of our service territory, feeding and supporting our critical healthcare workers in the Midwest and Duke Energy small business support. In addition, we continue to support employees, through the Relief4Employees program.
We have given these organizations the flexibility to use these funds to address the immediate needs in their community and to put their remaining funds toward general operating expenses.
We know the needs are great for many right now and we will continue to look for ways we can support our customers, communities and employees.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Duke Energy Foundation has provided more than $1 million dollars in support of hunger relief, local health and human services nonprofits and bill pay support to help its customers, communities and employees during these unprecedented times.
- Duke Energy Foundation provides funds to North Carolina K-12 educational organizations during COVID-19 crisis
- Pandemic stops their program but these kids adapted
- Duke Energy Foundation donates $150,000 to help low-income customers in North Carolina pay energy bills during COVID-19 crisis
- Granting COVID-19 Relief in North Carolina (PDF)
- Emergency Bill Payment Assistance for Mecklenburg County Residents
Duke Energy’s $450,000 COVID-19-related grants address immediate social service and hunger relief needs resulting from the pandemic. It also includes support for more than 2,000 families by helping to pay gas or electric utility bills.
- Duke Energy announces $1 million in COVID-19 response and education grants in Florida
- Facing layoffs and uncertainty, Floridians reach out for help
- Granting COVID-19 Relief for Florida (PDF)
- Pinellas CARES Financial Assistance
In South Carolina, initial response to the COVID-19 pandemic relief included $250,000 toward hunger relief. Through the Duke Energy Foundation’s partnership with Harvest Hope Food Bank, the state’s largest food bank, thousands of people have received much needed food in 20 counties.
- Duke Energy Foundation encourages grant requests to fund programs that preserve, enhance South Carolina’s natural places
- Duke Energy Foundation donates $150,000 to agencies in South Carolina helping pay energy bills during COVID-19 crisis
- Duke Energy Foundation provides more than $340,000 to South Carolina K-12 education organizations during COVID-19 crisis
- Granting COVID-19 Relief in South Carolina (PDF)
The Duke Energy Foundation is directing grants across the 69 counties we serve in Indiana to provide support for food insecurity and health and human services, particularly for our most vulnerable populations.
- Duke Energy Foundation funds $200,000 in crisis relief grants for small businesses in Indiana
- Volunteers make sure seniors in Johnson County, Indiana, are safe
- Duke Energy Foundation provides funds to Indiana K-12 education organizations during COVID-19 crisis
- Granting COVID-19 Relief in Indiana (PDF)
The Duke Energy Foundation recognizes the critical needs in our communities and dedicated funds for rapid assistance. Support in Ohio/Kentucky initially focused on elder care organizations like the Council on Aging, schools and the homeless populations.In April, the Duke Energy Foundation provided support for frontline healthcare workers. Seeing the need of the small business community and through partnership with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and the Northern Kentucky Chamber we have partnered to provide support for women-, veteran- and minority-owned businesses.
- Duke Energy pledges $150,000 to support women-, veteran- and minority-owned businesses impacted by the pandemic in the greater Cincinnati area
- Duke Energy Foundation awards additional $80,000 to greater Cincinnati area hospitals, nonprofit organizations to respond to pandemic
- Duke Energy Foundation awards $50,000 to local organizations to respond to community needs during virus pandemic
- Granting COVID-19 Relief in Ohio and Kentucky (PDF)