Applying for a Grant

Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation grants are limited to organizations defined as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. Foundation grants are funded by shareholder dollars. Additional grants occasionally may be made directly from the corporation to sponsor special events that benefit a non-profit organization. Grants are made in four focus areas.

Award Amounts

Because the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation supports a wide range of charitable programs, most grants are in the $1,000 to $15,000 range. Higher amounts may be awarded when a program is an exceptional fit with corporate business- or giving priorities, or when there is significant employee involvement in the effort.

Grant Review Process

Grant applications are accepted online. Organizations designated as 501(c)(3) public charities by the IRS are eligible. Awards are made primarily in areas where Dominion Energy provides retail electricity or natural gas services or has significant facilities or business interests.

Requests are considered quarterly by our Community Investment Boards – statewide and regional committees comprised of Dominion Energy employees representing key geographic, business and functional areas. Any grants larger than $25,000 must be recommended by the CIB and subsequently approved by the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation Board, which meets quarterly. The total review process may take from two to six months. Groups requesting large or first-time grants should allow additional time for review.

Requests from public and private K-12 schools are considered on a competitive basis through the Dominion Environmental Education and Stewardship grants program. Applications are accepted starting in January and decisions are announced during April.

Dominion Energy receives funding requests far in excess of our Foundation and corporate contribution budgets. This means regrettably we must often decline support for otherwise worthy proposals. Such a response does not reflect on the value of the organization or its services.

Application Process

Before you apply for a grant or contribution, we recommend that you review Grant Guidelines and Restrictions, as well as Frequently Asked Questions. If your organization meets the eligibility requirements, you can start the application process by completing the eligibility quiz.

If you pass the quiz, you will receive a password that is assigned only to your organization and will enable you to access our online application. You will be able to save and edit your applications prior to submittal. The total review process may take from two to six months. Groups requesting large or first-time grants should allow additional time for review.

Helpful Hints

All applicants are asked to upload:

  • List of other sources of financial support (both committed and pending)
  • Current board members and affiliations

Organizations that have not received funding from the Dominion Energy Foundation in the past three years are also asked to upload:

  • Latest IRS determination letter indicating 501(c)(3) status
  • Most recent audited financial statement