Grant Frequently Asked Questions

Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation

What kinds of organizations are eligible for funding?

All organizations recognized by the U.S. Treasury Department as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code are eligible.

How much does the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation give each year?

Through its Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, as well as EnergyShare and other programs, Dominion Energy plans to contribute more than $30 million in 2018 to community causes in those geographic areas in which the company provides electricity or natural gas service, or has significant facilities or business interests.

When do you accept proposals?

Dominion Energy offers several competitive grants programs throughout the year, and each has a set deadline. Requests are not automatically renewed.

What makes a grant application competitive?

Competitive grant requests will demonstrate the following:

  • Affordability and sustainability
  • Lasting impact on the community
  • Using the professional expertise of Dominion employees and retirees as volunteers
  • Significant and measurable outcomes
  • Potential for connections to other complementary endeavors

What are the geographical limitations?

Dominion Energy invests in organizations and programs that improve the quality of life in those geographic areas in which the company provides electricity or natural gas service, or has significant facilities or business interests.

These areas are:

  • Colorado – Garfield, Moffat, and Rio Blanco
  • Connecticut
  • Georgia - Send us an email (about one paragraph) about your organization and localities served if you are interested in obtaining additional information.
  • Idaho – Franklin
  • Maryland 
  • Massachusetts
  • New York – Albany, Alleghany, Cayuga, Chemung, Cortland, Erie, Herkimer, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wyoming
  • North Carolina – The counties of Alamance, Alexander, Beaufort, Bertie, Buncombe, Cabarrus, Camden, Caswell, Chatham, Chowan, Cleveland, Currituck, Dare, Durham, Edgecomb, Franklin, Gaston, Gates, Granville, Halifax, Haywood, Henderson, Hertford, Hyde, Iredell, Jackson, Lee, Madison, Martin, McDowell, Nash, Northampton, Orange, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Person, Pitt, Polk, Rowan, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Tyrell, Vance, Wake, Warren and Washington, and the cities of Roanoke Rapids and Weldon.
  • Ohio – The counties of Allen, Ashland, Ashtabula, Auglaize, Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Guernsey, Hardin, Holmes, Knox, Lake, Mahoning, Medina, Mercer, Monroe, Muskingum, Noble, Paulding, Portage, Putman, Shelby, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Van Wert, Washington, Wayne and Wood
  • Pennsylvania – The counties of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Blair, Bradford, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lawrence, Mercer, McKean, Potter, Tioga, Venango, Washington and Westmoreland
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Utah – All counties with the exception of Kane and Wayne
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming – Carbon, Lincoln, Sublette, Sweetwater and Uinta

What is the range in size of Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation grants?

Most grants are in the $1,000 to $15,000 range because the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation supports a wide range of charitable programs. Higher amounts may be awarded when a program is an exceptional fit with corporate business or giving priorities or when there is significant employee involvement in the effort.

What are the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation's grant guidelines and restrictions?

Visit our Grant Guidelines and Restrictions for details.

How do I qualify for a grant from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation?

Dominion Foundation provides support to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that support the following funding priorities: education, environment, culture and arts, civic and community development, and health and human services.

How can I improve my chances of receiving a grant from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation?

You can increase the possibility of receiving a grant and improving the quality of your proposal by spending a few minutes reviewing our Grant Guidelines and Restrictions. If you think your organization meets the eligibility requirements, complete an eligibility quiz. Be sure to attach the proper requested documents.

When will I be contacted about the status of my grant request? How do I know you received my proposal?

After you have completed and submitted your online application, you will receive an email notifying you that the application has been received. A Corporate Philanthropy representative will notify you in a timely manner once a decision has been made on your grant or contribution request.

How long does it take for a grant to be processed?

Funding requests are reviewed and approved by regional committees. The review process may take from two to six months, depending upon the size of the grant, since the Foundation Board must approve larger grants.