Dominion Foundation: Grants for STEM Higher Education

 

OVERVIEW: Dominion Resources, Inc., is a power and energy company. Its foundation focuses on K-12 and higher education, environmental stewardship, community development, social services, and arts and culture in the states in which it works and serves. 

IP TAKE: The Dominion Foundation supports STEM higher education from multiple angles, but only within certain regions.  Higher education institutions should note that they must apply in the spring to be considered for funding for the following school year, and the foundation will only award a college or university one grant per cycle.

PROFILE: Dominion is a U.S. energy provider and transporter. Its philanthropic branch, the Dominion Foundation (previously called the Consolidated Natural Gas Company Foundation) seeks to improve “the physical, social and economic well-being of the communities served by Dominion companies." It prioritizes four focus areas: human needs, environmental stewardship, community grants, and education “to develop the capacity of the future workforce, especially in STEM and energy fields.”

The foundation primarily supports STEM Higher Education through scholarships programs, but it does conduct some grantmaking through other funding initiatives. It funds two-year scholarships to the Nuclear Engineering Technology program at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, Connecticut. The foundation  also offers the Dominion Energy Credit Union Scholarship program that funds scholarships for “Dominion Energy Credit Union members who are graduating high school seniors enrolling as full-time students enrolled in an accredited college or university.” Dominion also supports several combined college funds and statewide and regional foundations for independent and community colleges in areas where the company has a presence.

While most foundation grants for education support K-12 education, it does provide funding for School- and Job-Readiness programs “to help teens prepare for jobs or bridge to post-secondary programs” in STEM. Apply for grants here and view grant guidelines here.

Additional support for STEM higher education is available through Dominion’s Environmental Education and Stewardship Grants program. Applications should ensure their project aligns with one or more of the programs funding priorities: educating K-12 students and the public about environmental issues, protecting and preserving natural habitats, and improving open spaces and making nature more accessible.

Dominion grants range from $5,000 to $50,000 and prioritize giving to organizations in Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina, Idaho, North Carolina, Utah, Wyoming, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, and West Virginia. Past grantees include public schools and school districts, local and regional nonprofit organizations, and regional and local chapters of national organizations. Private schools are also eligible, as long as they are registered with the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) and/or are 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations.

The Dominion Foundation is explicit what it seeks in both its higher education applicants, including how they will or will not cover equipment and operational expenses. Applicants are expected to clearly describe the proposed program, target population, anticipated outcomes, evaluation methods, and plans for sustainability beyond the grant period. 

There are multiple deadline opportunities, but schools should submit in early spring to receive awards for the following school year.

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