Dominion K-12 Educational Partnership

Each year, Dominion offers grants that provide elementary and secondary educators with the tools they need to revitalize math and science programs. In the area of K-12 education, Dominion accepts grant applications, up to $10,000, to encourage the development of new programs to strengthen math and science education through the study of energy or the environment.

Note: The application period is currently closed. Please make a note to check back in mid-March 2015.

Educational Grants Application Cycle

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

Program Details

Award Categories

Successful grant proposals should represent innovative and promising ideas, teach math and/or science skills, reach a significant number of students and demonstrate broad-based community support. Proposals must align with one of the following target areas:

  • Environmental Education: projects to develop math and/or science skills through the study of the environment.
  • Energy Grants: projects designed to increase students' awareness of energy efficiency and conservation, energy sources or other energy-related topics.

Grants will be awarded as follows:

  • Mini-grants (up to $1,000) for small projects that enhance the teaching of math and/or science. Please note: mini-grants are not limited to energy and the environment;
  • Larger grants (ranging from $1,001-$5,000) for environmental and/or energy projects involving a few classes/small number of students;
  • Exceptional grants (ranging from $5,001-$10,000) for environmental and/or energy projects with a broader reach. These projects should: involve larger numbers of children and/or classes; have a school-wide/system-wide focus, or involve the surrounding community. (Note: A limited number of larger grants will be funded.)

Eligibility Guidelines & Geographic Eligibility

The Dominion Foundation will award approximately $325,000 in 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.

Geographic Eligibility

  • Connecticut:
    Cities of Bridgeport, Colchester, East Lyme, Groton, Ledyard, Montville, New London, North Stonington, Norwich, Old Lyme, Salem, Somers, Stonington and Waterford
  • Maryland:
    Counties of 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, Warren 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, Putman, Shelby, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Van Wert, Washington and Wayne
  • Pennsylvania:
    Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Berks, Blair, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Elk, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Tioga, Union, Venango, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland and York
  • Rhode Island:
    Cranston, East Providence, North Providence, Providence, Pawtucket
  • Virginia:
    All localities are invited to apply
  • West Virginia:
    All localities are invited to apply

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

Project Description

The project description should total no more than three pages (no more than one page for Mini Grants) and should include items listed below. It is recommended that grant applicants type the proposal using word processing software, then copy and paste:

  • an explanation of the project and specific learning activities
  • targeted student population
  • expected outcomes
  • effective evaluation methods to measure achievement
  • plans to sustain the program and include a broad community of students

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
  • guest speakers
  • 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

Recent Awards

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

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 leverages other resources (15%)

Sample Grant Proposals

View sample proposals that can serve as a guide for developing your proposal.