Landing a K-12 Grant from the Dominion Foundation in North Carolina & West Virginia

Credit: Steven Depolo via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)Dominion is a major national energy producer and transporter, and its philanthropic arm offers grants each year for promising K-12 education causes. Here are some tips on how to secure a K-12 grant from this funder.

Incorporate Energy & the Environment into Your Math or Science Program

It makes sense that an energy company is mostly concerned with STEM subjects and that this interest directly correlates to its grantmaking. More specifically, this funder likes to see new programs that boost math and science education by studying energy and environmental topics.

Overall, the big issues for this funder are environmental education and energy efficiency/awareness. Additionally, Dominion is looking for new grant proposals that reach a significant number of students, demonstrate community support, and suggest innovative and promising new ideas.

Train Elementary or Secondary Educators

Dominion typically likes to award grants to organizations that provide educators at the elementary and secondary levels with the tools they need to be effective STEM instructors. Your public school division should be registered with the National Center for Educational Statistics or be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit to be eligible for a Dominion K-12 grant. However, both public and private elementary and secondary schools are considered each year.

Know Dominion’s Service Areas

Like many corporate funders, Dominion sticks to grantmaking in its service areas. These areas include Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia and West Virginia. This year, the Dominion Foundation plans to award $1 million to support both K-12 education and higher education in its geographic focus areas. Each of these grants will be awarded for up to $2,500.

Here’s how the geographic eligibility breaks down in the Southeast:

  • North Carolina: The counties of Beaufort, Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Edgecombe, Gates, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Martin, Nash, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Pitt, Tyrell and Washington, and the cities of Roanoke Rapids and Weldon
  • Virginia: All localities are invited to apply
  • West Virginia: All localities are invited to apply

A public announcement and local check presentation for the most recent grant cycle is expected in August or September. Remember that Dominion provides program and project support, not operating support. However, it does consider funding requests for budget items like these on a limited basis:

Instructional materials and supplies

  • Admission fees
  • Transportation costs for student activities
  • Teacher staff development specifically related to the project
  • Substitute teachers required for student or staff development activities
  • Equipment specifically related to the proposed project

Check out the foundation’s recent list of K-12 grants for get a better sense of what Dominion funds in this area of education. This funder gives not only to these education causes, but also for basic human needs, protecting the environment, and promoting community vitality. In total, the foundation gives about $20 million annually.

Questions about Dominion’s grantmaking process should be directed to