Dominion Foundation: Grants for Science 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: Both K-12 and higher education institutions should note that they must apply in the spring to be considered for funding for the following school year.

PROFILE: Dominion is a U.S. energy provider and transporter. Its philanthropic sister, the Dominion Foundation (previously called the Consolidated Natural Gas Company Foundation) seeks "to improving the physical, social and economic well-being of the communities served by Dominion companies." It invests in veterans, the environment and stewardship, community needs, and a solar education program.

The foundation conducts its science education grantmaking through its Solar for Students program, which provides students with the "chance to observe and learn firsthand about harnessing solar energy from a solar array." Similarly, Dominion's Environmental Education and Stewardship program funds "specific, short-term projects that promise measurable results to improve the environment" up to $50,000. The program also invests up to $5,000 in short-term projects that promise measurable results to improve the environment, and K-12 requests. Under this last program, the foundation prioritizes organizations that seek to:

  • educate K-12 students and the public about environmental stewardship;
  • protect and preserve natural habitats;
  • improve open spaces and making nature 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 K-12 and higher education applicants, including how they will or will not cover equipment and operational expenses. Across both age groups, 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 K-12 schools should submit in early spring to receive awards for the following school year. 

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