Dominion Energy Donates $1.3 Million to Environmental Non-Profits, Including Seven North Carolina Organizations

• Environmental grants awarded to 97 organizations across eight states
• More than $120,000 donated to seven organizations in North Carolina
• Grants focus on environmental education and stewardship initiatives
Through these grants and the dedicated work of our nonprofit partners, we will make a lasting impact for the environment.

Gastonia, N.C. –  The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation has awarded $1.3 million in grant funding to 97 environmental organizations across eight states, including $120,000 to seven organizations in North Carolina.

This year’s recipients will restore and preserve acres of wetlands, create parks and equestrian trails, provide free seeds to promote home gardening and pollinator conservation, purchase a river water cleaning vessel, increase oyster restoration efforts, enable high school students to use chemistry to recycle waste vegetable oil into biodiesel fuel and support many other exciting projects. 

“We have a treasure of natural resources in the Tar Heel State that should be accessible to all and enjoyed for generations to come,” said Rusty Harris, Vice President and General Manager of Dominion Energy North Carolina's natural gas business. “Through these grants and the dedicated work of our nonprofit partners, we will make a lasting impact for the environment.” 

The competitive grants support projects that educate about environmental stewardship, protect and preserve habitat, and enhance or make nature more accessible. Some of this year's grants include:

  • The Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo, to help support its Plant Ed project which aims to provide outdoor experiential learning for children. 
  • Mountain True, Asheville, for a restoration project to address erosion and water quality impairment in Hominy Creek. 
  • Keep Gastonia Beautiful Inc., Gastonia, for its Farm to Table project to connect famers with populations facing food insecurity while educating them with farm to table experiences. 
  • North Carolina Adapted Sports, Cary, to modify bike trails and replace bridges at Crabtree Lake and Harris Lake County Park to make them accessible for cyclists with physical disabilities. 

The full list of 2022 Environmental Stewardship Grants and additional program information are available at

2022 North Carolina Grant Recipients:

Organization Name



Program/Project Title

Keep Gastonia Beautiful



Farm to Table—Cultivating Opportunity




Hominy Restoration

North Carolina Adapted Sports



Crabtree and Harris Lake Adapted Off Road Cycle Trial

Piedmont Wildlife Center



Eastern Box Turtle Education Enclosures at Piedmont Wildlife Center

Science Happens 4 Me



Along the Stream - Building Character

The Barn Group Land Trust

Gold Hill


POLE (Providing Outdoor Learning Experiences) Program-Fishing Frenzy

The Elizabethan Gardens Inc.



Plant Ed


Over the last 17 years, the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation has donated $40 million to a wide variety of environmental projects across its footprint.

About the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation

About 7 million customers in 15 states energize their homes and businesses with electricity or natural gas from Dominion Energy (NYSE: D). Through its Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, as well as EnergyShare and other programs, Dominion Energy contributed nearly $50 million in 2021 to community causes. The Foundation supports nonprofit causes that meet basic human needs, protect the environment, promote education, and encourage community vitality. Please visit to learn more.



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