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Grant Application

To complete our online grant application, click here. Be sure to read the guidelines and policies on this page to ensure your organization qualifies.

Grant Criteria
Applicants for grant consideration from the Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be non-profit organizations with tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or qualified government entities
  • All nonprofit organizations seeking grants must adhere to the Foundation's application requirements and guidelines
  • All grant requests must be submitted through a web-based online application. Proposals submitted in any other manner will not be considered

Funding Limitations & Restrictions
Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation grants are limited to organizations exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. In addition, the Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation will not consider requests from the following types of organizations or for the following purposes:

  • Types of Organizations NOT eligible for funding:

    • Religious
    • Fraternal
    • Political
    • Athletic
    • Private foundations
    • Social organizations

  • Contributions will not generally be made to or for:

    • Individuals (including scholarships)
    • Pre-college level private schools, except through our Employee Matching Gifts Program
    • Travel and conferences
    • Third-party professional fundraising organizations
    • Controversial social causes
    • Fraternal organizations or private clubs
    • Religious organizations with programs limited to or expressly for their membership only
    • Athletic events and programs
    • Agencies already receiving our support through United Way or a united arts drive, with the exception of approved capital campaigns
    • Any proposals that are outside the stated guidelines or the geographic area in which Piedmont Natural Gas does business

The Foundation is prevented by federal law from making a grant to any cause from which the Company will receive any benefit such as tickets to fundraising events, memberships to museums, various sponsorship packages, etc., which can constitute self-dealing situations.

Review Process
Grants are assigned to Community Relations Managers based on the region the organization serves. Grants greater than $10,000 must be reviewed and approved by the board of directors during Foundation board meetings. Meeting are typically held each April, August and November of the calendar year, but are subject to change. 

Certain grant requests may warrant further research and evaluation as determined by the Foundation. In certain circumstances, the Foundation may request additional information, perform site visits, conduct interviews, etc. in an effort to provide a more focused evaluation of a particular grant application.

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