Grants Supporting Critical Community Needs


For the fifth consecutive year, the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation will award up to $1 million in grants that address critical community needs to eligible 501(c)(3) organizations in communities served by Dominion Energy companies (see Geographic Eligibility below). The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation will consider grant requests up to $25,000 that support one or more of the following:

  1. Housing and shelter
  2. Access to medicine and medical services (including mental health services)
  3. Increased food security

Priority will be given to efforts that:

  • Support specific programs with significant and measurable outcomes
  • Have proven records of meeting basic human needs and preventing future need
  • Demonstrate strong partnerships and effective collaborations to meet critical community needs that advance the work beyond what one organization can do alone

Application Cycle

  • October 21 - Application period closes at 5 p.m.
  • December 1 - Notification to all applicants


Project Description

The project description should total no more than 2,000 characters for the executive summary and no more than 2,000 characters for the supplemental information. The proposal should include:

  • Specific plan of action including project activities, locations and targeted audiences
  • Measurable goals and anticipated outcomes that address identified critical community need
  • Project partners and evidence of strong community collaboration
  • Plans to sustain the program and share results with Dominion Energy and the community


Geographic Eligibility

The critical community needs grants are being offered in and near communities served by Dominion Energy companies, including:
  • Colorado: Garfield, Moffat and Rio Blanco
  • Connecticut: Bozrah, Colchester, East Haddam, East Lyme, Franklin, Griswold, Groton, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Lyme, Montville, New London, North Stonington, Norwich, Old Lyme, Preston, Salem,  Sprague, Stonington, Voluntown and Waterford
  • Idaho: Franklin
  • Maryland: Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s
  • New York: Albany, Alleghany, Cayuga, Chemung, Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins and Wyoming
  • North Carolina: Alamance, Alexander, Beaufort, Bertie, Buncombe, Cabarrus, Camden, Caswell, Chatham, Chowan, Cleveland, Currituck, Dare, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Gaston, Gates, Granville, Halifax, Haywood, Henderson, Hertford, Iredell, Jackson, Lee, Madison, Martin, McDowell, Nash, Northampton, Orange, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Person, Pitt, Polk, Rowan, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Tyrrell, Vance, Wake, Warren and Washington, the city of Roanoke Rapids, and the town of Weldon
  • Ohio: 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: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Blair, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Potter, Tioga, Venango, Washington and Westmoreland
  • South Carolina: All localities are invited to apply
  • Utah: All counties with the exception of Kane and Wayne
  • Virginia: All localities are invited to apply
  • West Virginia: All localities are invited to apply
  • Wyoming: Carbon, Lincoln, Sublette, Sweetwater and Uinta

Other areas in the Dominion Energy footprint: geographic restrictions apply. Please send email with one paragraph about your organization and localities served.

Budget Items and Restrictions

The maximum grant award is $25,000 in areas where Dominion Energy has significant assets or customer base. If the project narrative and budget do not adequately support the requested funding amount, lesser amounts may be awarded. Budget items may include but are not limited to supplies, materials and equipment specifically related to the proposed project.

The critical community need grant will not support:

  • General operating grants
  • Capital improvements and/or land acquisition
  • Overhead and indirect costs

A panel of Dominion Energy representatives that includes members of our local Community Investment Boards and Foundation staff will review the applications and will consider whether the proposal:

  • Supports specific, short term project(s) that promise measurable results to address one or more of the following critical community needs: housing and shelter, access to medicine and medical services (including mental health services), and increasing food security
  • Represents innovative and promising ideas to meet stated objectives
  • Includes community partners to serve target population
  • Demonstrates careful planning and strong likelihood of success, including plans to sustain the project
  • Includes plans to measure and share results on effectiveness of the program

Recent Awards

View the Winter 2018-2019 Critical Community Needs grants recipients funded by the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation. In addition, in 2018 SCANA companies that are now part of Dominion Energy awarded similar community needs grants of more than $186,000 to 31 non-profit organizations in North and South Carolina for food, shelter and medical care.

For More Information

If you have questions, contact the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation.