PITTSBURGH —Duquesne Light Company (DLC) launched a microgrant program today to help support diverse, grassroots community organizations across the company’s service territory. Community Impact Grants (CIG) — the new signature initiative of DLC’s Charitable Giving program — will award eligible nonprofits with grants of up to $10,000 to fund various projects and programs that help Pittsburgh-area communities thrive.
Qualified organizations can apply for funding in one of four focus areas:
- Public art: Murals, installations and local community art events
- Green spaces: Community gardens, park upgrades and tree plantings
- Community safety and energy efficiency: Energy-efficient equipment purchases, façade upgrades and safety lighting upgrades
- Connectivity and technology: Access or increased access to technology, as well as equipment purchases to aid in educational programming or capacity building
“DLC has a long history of strong corporate citizenship, and we’re honored to continue that tradition through the CIG program,” said Dave Johnson, DLC’s chief customer officer. “Through this initiative, we’re making it easier for local diverse, grassroots nonprofits to succeed in areas that are important to both DLC and the customers and communities we serve.”
To be considered for a grant, organizations must:
- Be a 501c3 nonprofit or state equivalent, or an organization receiving fiscal sponsorship from a registered 501c3 or state equivalent
- Meet DLC’s Charitable Giving program guidelines listed in the program’s FAQs
- Serve residents in Allegheny and/or Beaver counties
- Have an annual operating budget equal to or less than $500,000 and/or a specific targeted project
- Organizations can have an annual operating budget equal to or less than $1 million in certain circumstances, as decided by the DLC committee overseeing the program.
Funding should not be used for capital campaigns or overhead expenses. Organizations with female, BIPOC and/or LGBTQ+ leadership are strongly encouraged to apply.
“In 2020, we spent a lot of time listening to our communities and customers and using that input to better determine how to support them,” said Sam Hartzman, DLC’s associate manager of corporate citizenship. “The CIG program is an opportunity to continue building off of our strong foundation of community support, and to ensure that we reach a diverse range of organizations that are helping our region recover from today’s challenges.”
Application Process and Grant Distribution
The CIG program will have two yearly cycles: one in late winter/early spring, and the other in late summer/early fall. Each application period will last for approximately two months, and all applications will be reviewed by a committee of DLC employees.
Starting today, interested organizations can apply for the first cycle of grants through a simple online form. The deadline to submit an application is Tuesday, June 1. Dates for the next cycle will be announced in the coming months.
Applicants will receive a final decision via email within six weeks after the application period closes. Organizations that are awarded a grant will be listed on DLC’s website and promoted on social media.
More information about the program and application process can be found at DuquesneLight.com/CIG.