Grants from the Duke Energy Community College Grant Program are awarded to North Carolina community and technical colleges in Duke Energy's service area that provide training for manufacturing, related industries served by Duke Energy or for sectors aligned with Duke Energy’s economic development focus areas.

Grants may also be awarded to community and technical colleges that provide capacity-building to benefit regional manufacturing and related industries. These projects will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Community colleges in the portion of Duke Energy’s service area that is former Progress Energy territory are eligible to apply for the program according to the process outlined below. If you clicked on your colleges name on a previous page, you are in the right place. If you are not sure, please click here to be directed appropriately.


Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis by the Grant Committee. Grant cycles close at 12:00 p.m. on the last working day of each calendar quarter. Closing dates and times for 2014 and 2015 grant cycles are listed below.

Last day quarter                  Grant cycle closes

December 31, 2015            Thursday, December 31 at 12:00 p.m.

March 31, 2016                   Thursday, March 31 at 12:00 p.m.

Grants submitted by 12:00 p.m. on the last working day of a calendar quarter are generally approved or declined by the end of the following quarter. Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed in the next quarter. Additionally, some applications may be postponed for consideration at a future meeting. If the Grant Committee has elected to postpone the review of an application, staff will notify the applicant. The Grant Committee reserves the right to establish more frequent review and approval of applications should emerging needs arise.

Application process

The maximum amount for an individual grant is $250,000 for this program. The funds must be used within 24 months of award date.

Currently, there is no restriction placed on the number of times that any community college can apply for and receive funding; however, preference will be shown for community colleges that have not yet received funding from this program.  Previous grantees are advised to apply with that in mind.

Grant applications must be submitted electronically, using the NC Community Foundation’s online grant system.

First, you must create an account profile.  For assistance with creating your account, please click here to view the training slides. 

Once your profile is created, you will be directed to your dashboard.  Click on the word “Apply” in the upper left-hand corner.

You will arrive at a page with information about applying for a grant from NCCF.  In the upper left-hand corner, you will now see an “Access Code” box.  Enter: commcoll.   

Then, a link to the application, titled “Duke Energy Community College Grant Program”, will appear.  Click on that link to access the application and follow the instructions to complete and submit it.

If you would like to preview the application questions before you begin, please click here.

If you have any technical questions regarding accessing and using the system, contact D’Wayne Wilkins at dwilkins@nccommunityfoundation.org.

This grant program is temporarily on hold.  Please return to this page for updates.

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