Duke Energy's Water Resources Fund grants top $5M over two years

Newly announced: 12 nonprofit organizations to share over $770,000; part of $10M multiyear commitment to protect and improve the environmen

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CHARLOTTE, NC, DECEMBER 19, 2016 -- Twelve organizations in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia will share $777,879 in new grants from Duke Energy's Water Resources Fund to support environmental and wildlife programs.

The Water Resources Fund is a $10 million multiyear commitment from Duke Energy to help local nonprofits continue to protect and improve the environment, including waterways used year-round across the Carolinas and neighboring states.

"In two years, the Water Resources Fund has benefited 59 projects across the Carolinas and Virginia, providing over $5 million in support," said Shawn Heath, president of the Duke Energy Foundation. "These projects are strengthening water quality and reinforcing the importance of conservation for citizens and visitors across the region."

Recipients are selected by an independent body that includes five environmental experts and two Duke Energy employees.

Organizations receiving the new grants are:
City of Greensboro, Parks and Recreation (N.C.)
Land of Sky Regional Council (N.C.)
North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation (N.C.)
North Carolina Wildlife Federation (N.C.)
Southwestern North Carolina Resource Conservation and Development Council (N.C.)
Surry County Parks and Recreation (N.C.)
Town of Elizabethtown (N.C.)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (N.C.)
University of North Carolina at Greensboro (N.C.)
Water Watch of Lake Wateree Association (S.C.)
Pee Dee Land Trust (S.C.)
Town of Halifax (Va.)

for additional details on the grants, visit http://www.duke-energy.com/foundation.

About the Duke Energy Foundation
The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs of the communities where its customers live and work. In 2015, the foundation provided more than $30 million in charitable gifts. The foundation's education focus spans kindergarten to career, particularly science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), early childhood literacy and workforce development. It also supports the environment and community impact initiatives, including arts and culture.Duke Energy employees and retirees actively contribute to their communities as volunteers and leaders at a wide variety of nonprofit organizations. Duke Energy is committed to building on its legacy of community service. For more information, visit http://www.duke-energy.com/foundation.

About Duke Energy
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is an S&P 100 Stock Index company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at duke-energy.com.

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