Community Impact Awards

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The deadline for the Community Impact Awards is Friday, November 29th at 5 p.m.

Your community or organization could share in $110,000 awarded by Dominion Energy Ohio for economic and social revitalization projects.

Each year Dominion Energy, through the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, awards $110,000 in grants to nonprofits making an impact in our community. In celebration of our 25th anniversary, the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation will provide one (1) nonprofit organization with a check for $25,000. Additional Community Impact Award recipients, will receive support of up to $10,000. The Community Impact Awards competition, co-sponsored this year with Cleveland Magazine, has awarded more than $1.7 million since 1996 to organizations in our service area.

Eligibility & Guidelines

  • Projects must have been completed between July 2018 and November 2019.
  • Projects must have made a major contribution to the economic or social revitalization in our communities.
  • Projects must be located within the Dominion Energy Ohio service area:
    • 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.
  • Applicants must be registered as 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.
Winners will be featured in the March 2020 issue of Cleveland Magazine.

Community Impact Awards Timeline

  • September 3rd - Begin Accepting Applications
  • November 29th - Entry Deadline
  • January - Judging
  • February - All applicants to be notified about the status of their entry by email
  • March - Awards Luncheon

Judging Criteria

To be eligible to receive a Dominion Energy Community Impact Award, organizations MUST provide:

  1. Name of your organization, a contact name and title, telephone number, email address and complete mailing address.
  2. A brief description/history of your community or organization.
  3. Description of the project and qualitative and quantitative results demonstrating how it promoted economic and/or social revitalization, including objectives, benefits, impact, and community interest/involvement.
  4. Details regarding the extent to which the project generated positive change and growth within its targeted area.
  5. The number of people impacted/served by this project.
  6. Details of how this project encourages and promotes future development and revitalization.
  7. Information about the project’s impact on the community, i.e., the effect the project had in terms of jobs, spending, taxes, etc.

Recent Awards


ArtsinStark - Canton Music Block
Executed a revitalizing communities program that provides influential live music throughout the Canton neighborhood


Children Museum of Cleveland

The Children’s Museum of Cleveland - Museum for All
Moved and renovated a facility to establish a more robust visitors experience for the Cleveland community and beyond


Towards Employment

Towards Employment - Bloom Bakery
Established a social venture program where individuals reentering society learn and execute an artisan bakery and cafe at two Cleveland area locations



Find out about recent Community Impact Award winners.


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