Duke Energy supports first responders with $500,000 in grant opportunities for emergency preparedness in South Carolina

February 27, 2024

The Duke Energy Foundation is launching the third year of its $500,000 microgrant program to invest in emergency preparedness organizations across South Carolina to increase their resiliency to major weather events through advanced preparation, planning, equipment and training.

The application process is open now through April 12.

Nonprofits and governmental agencies across the state are eligible to apply and may request funds up to $20,000.

Grant applications may include, but are not limited to, projects that focus on:

  • Equipment necessary for severe weather rescues to preserve human life
  • Emergency communication tools for severe weather scenarios
  • Specialized training for first responders for severe weather scenarios
  • Organized planning initiatives for communities to prepare for extreme weather
  • Community storm preparedness trainings, materials, kits or shelters
  • Improved outcomes for low-income communities experiencing extreme weather

Since 2022, Duke Energy has provided 66 microgrants totaling $1 million to nonprofits and local agencies across the Palmetto State supporting training, essential equipment and life-saving technology to aid in disaster planning and response.