Enter INIE's 2021 Grant Writing Competition, presented in conjunction with the 2021 Sector Forward Conference: Thrive. Participants will write an application for the Duke Energy Foundation Grant and submit their final product to the INIE team for review.  All applicants will receive feedback and hands-on revisions of their grant application (provided by the INIE Revenue Research Center Team), one free, customized grant lead, and INIE's support with submitting their final application to the Duke Energy Foundation. The top 5 finalists will receive one FREE registration to the Sector Forward Conference. Of the top 5 finalists, three applicants will be awarded Grand Prizes during the conference Closing Session on September 30th, 2021. 

Submissions to INIE are due by 11:59 pm EST on September 9, 2021. Submissions can be submitted by clicking here

1st Place  

  • Corporate Retreat at St. James Bay Golf Resort  
  • Grant writing Consultation with Parker Consulting 
  • Grant Station Subscription 
  • One Free Registration fee for Sector Forward  
  • Q-give gift bag  

2nd Place  

  • Grant station Annual Subscription  
  • One Free Registration fee for Sector Forward  
  • Grant Writing Consultation with Jennifer Donald  
  • Professional Development/ Fund Development Book Library (5 books)  
  • 1.5-hour Board Give or Get Training 
  • Q-Give gift bag  

3rd Place  

  • One Free Registration fee for Sector Forward  
  • Fund development Book Set (3);  
  • Q-gift bag  
  • Grant Writing workshop for 1  
  • Grant Gopher Standard Pro Plan Annual Subscription  

Participation Prize 

  • Feedback and Hands-On Revisions of grant application provided by RRC team 
  • One Grant Lead (provided in-person, at the Revenue Research Center) 
  • INIE support with applying for grant to the Duke Energy Foundation 


About the grant:  

Giving Priorities: We focus our investments on these strategic areas where we can make an impact for our communities. 

Subject Areas Include:

Powerful Communities: K-12 Education* Application open Nov. 1 – Jan. 31; Grant decisions by March 30 ▪ 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 programing or teacher professional development. ▪ Programs that extend into out-of-school time will be given preference in this grant cycle. 

Powerful Communities: Workforce* Application open Feb. 1 – April 30; Grant decisions by June 30 ▪ Workforce development programs that address the most demanding skills gaps in communities that we serve. ▪ Programs cultivating the energy-sector’s future workforce will be given priority.  

Powerful Communities: Nature Application open May 1 – July 31; Grant decisions by Sept. 30 ▪ Programs supporting: • Water quality, quantity, conservation and access • Habitat restoration, forestry and conservation • Species conservation Powerful Communities: State Strategic Impact Grant decisions by Nov. 30 ▪ Priority is defined annually at the state-level to respond to the unique needs of individual states.  

Description: 

Creating Powerful Communities means powering the lives of our customers and the vitality of our communities with over $30 million in charitable grants each year. The Duke Energy Foundation is committed to making strategic investments to build powerful communities where nature and wildlife thrive, students can excel and a talented workforce drives economic prosperity for all. 

Funding Guidelines: 

To qualify for grant funding consideration, your organization 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 and school systems will need to submit an IRS letter of determination or a letter on government/school system letterhead confirming you are a government entity or school system.
  • 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. 

Duke Energy Foundation Florida Counties that are eligible: 

Alachua, Bay, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Gulf, Hamilton, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Seminole, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, Volusia, Waku 

Eligibility: 

  • Have current tax-exempt status as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code, be a governmental entity, including school systems. Governmental entities, including school systems will need to: 
    • Submit an IRS letter of determination. To request an IRS letter of determination, contact the IRS at 877.829.5500 or view this sample letter   OR 
    • Supply a letter to the Duke Energy Foundation on their governmental / school system letterhead affirming they are a governmental entity. 
  • 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 

Frequently Asked Questions: 

  1. Am I eligible to participate in the contest?   If your organization is a non-profit INIE member, you are eligible to apply.  

  1. How do I submit my grant proposal for the INIE Contest?  All submissions will be submitted at the google link https://forms.gle/pvaC37y52si4Qkc7A  

  1. What do I need to submit to be entered into the INIE Contest?   To complete form/ application 

  1. Does submitting my grant proposal to INIE automatically make me eligible to win The Duke Energy grant?  To be eligible to win a Duke Energy Foundation grant, a participant must Apply on their website 

  1. What and how do I submit my grant proposal to The Duke Energy Foundation ? You will submit the same information you submitted to the grant contest. TO apply visit https://www.duke-energy.com/Community/Duke-Energy-Foundation and submit a grant in the category you are eligible for. 

  1. What needs to be included in the budget(s) sheet?   Include the budget worksheet. Link to Worksheet https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/16obCmBGr9JawfoLzpcojxYusCE30LkT0EemRo9ZJ9h8/edit?usp=sharing  

  1. When should I hear back from The Foundation about my application?   

    1. Powerful Communities: K-12 Education* Application open Nov. 1 – Jan. 31; Grant decisions by March 30 
    2. Powerful Communities: Workforce* Application open Feb. 1 – April 30; Grant decisions by June 30 
    3. Powerful Communities: Nature Application open May 1 – July 31; Grant decisions by Sept. 30 

Application and Information: