Dominion K-12 Educational Partnership

The Dominion Foundation will award approximately $500,000 in K-12 Educational Partnership grants throughout targeted areas. Public and private elementary and secondary schools and public school divisions that are registered with the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES), institutions of higher education and 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations are invited to apply.

Dominion’s K-12 Educational Partnership grants are available in awards up to $10,000 each. These awards encourage the development of new programs to strengthen students’ mathematics and science skills by studying energy and the environment. The majority of the grants will range from $1,000 to $5,000, with a few grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 for exceptional projects with a broad reach.

Educational Grants Application Cycle

March 15 - Online grant applications available
May 15 - Applications due by 5 p.m.
July 16 - Notification to all applicants
September 1 - Public announcements

Program Details

Grants will be awarded as follows:

  • $1,000 - mini grants for small projects that enhance STEM learning. Please note: mini grants are not limited to energy and/or the environment
  • $1,001 - $5,000 - classroom grants for environmental and/or energy projects involving one or more classes, with a limited number of students
  • $5,001 - $10,000 - for environmental and/or energy projects with a broader reach. These projects should involve more than 100 students, have a school-wide/system-wide focus, or involve the surrounding community. Please note: only a limited number of larger grants will be funded.

Successful grant proposals should:

  • Support environmental education or the exploration of energy
  • Represent innovative and promising ideas
  • Teach math and/or science skills
  • Reach a significant number of students
  • Demonstrate broad-based community support

Geographic Eligibility

Schools and nonprofit organizations in the following localities are encouraged to apply:

  • Connecticut: Bozrah, Bridgeport, Colchester, East Lyme, Franklin, Griswold, Groton, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Lyme, Montville, New London, North Stonington, Norwich, Old Lyme, Preston, Salem, Somers, Sprague, Stonington and Waterford
  • Maryland: Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s
  • North Carolina: The counties of Beaufort, Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Edgecombe, Gates, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Johnston, Martin, Nash, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Pitt, Robeson, Sampson, Tyrell, Warren, Washington and Wilson, and the cities of Roanoke Rapids and Weldon
  • Ohio:Allen, Ashland, Ashtabula, Auglaize, Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Guernsey, Jefferson, Hardin, Harrison, Holmes, Knox, Lake, Mahoning, Medina, Mercer, Monroe, Noble, Paulding, Portage, Putnam, Shelby, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Van Wert, Washington and Wayne
  • Rhode Island: Cranston, East Providence, North Providence, Pawtucket and Providence
  • Virginia: All localities are invited to apply
  • West Virginia: All localities are invited to apply

Budget Items and Restrictions

Dominion will consider full funding of amounts requested in each proposal, but reserves the right to fund some proposals partially. Budget items may include but are not limited to:

  • Instructional materials and supplies
  • Admission fees
  • Transportation costs for student activities
  • Teacher staff development specifically related to the project
  • Substitute teachers required for student or staff development activities
  • Equipment specifically related to the proposed project

The Partnership does not cover:

  • Operating expenses
  • Costs associated with presenting at conferences
  • Capital drives and building funds
  • Scholarships, endowments, or overhead costs
  • Computers, iPads, or digital cameras

Project Description

View a sample proposal that can serve as a guide for developing your proposal. The project description should total no more than two pages and should include:

  • Project description and specific learning activities
  • Targeted student population
  • Expected outcomes
  • Effective evaluation methods to measure achievement
  • Plans to sustain the program

Proposal Evaluation

A panel of community, educational and Dominion representatives will review the applications, based on the following:

  • Represent innovative and promising ideas to teach math and/or science concepts, skills or processes (20%)
  • Commit to monitor, evaluate and document progress in student learning throughout the project (30%)
  • Demonstrate careful planning and broad-based organizational and/or community support for the project (20%)
  • Meet a compelling need (15%)
  • Provide a well-defined budget (see budget and restrictions) and leverages other resources (15%)

Expectation of Grant Recipients

Grant recipients will be asked to:

  • Meet with Dominion representatives to review your proposal, discuss project parameters and receive the grant check (where applicable)
  • Complete a detailed final outcomes report in June
  • Prepare three lesson plans that Dominion can post on its website to share with other educators

Recent Awards

View the most recent awards provided to schools and educational organizations by the Dominion Foundation.