Dominion K-12 Educational Partnership

The Dominion Foundation will award $1 million in grants to support both higher education and K-12 education throughout targeted areas in 2016. 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, up to $2,500, are designed to encourage and enhance the study of energy and/or the environment.

Educational Grants Application Cycle

  • March 15 - Grant applications available
  • May 31 - Applications due by 5 p.m.
  • July 15 - Notification to all applicants
  • August/September - Public announcements and local check presentations

Program Details

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, Griswold, Groton, 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, Currituck, Dare, Edgecombe, Gates, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Martin, Nash, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Pitt, Tyrell and Washington, 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
Other areas in the Dominion footprint: geographic restrictions apply. Please send email with one paragraph about your organization and localities served.

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

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

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Contact Us

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