Duke Energy's $10 million Water Resources Fund a major contributor
Fund includes $1.5 million for North Carolina, Virginia projects in the basin
Rockingham County Community Foundation, RiverBank Fund receive new grants
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Duke Energy today announced grants totaling $500,000 from the Water Resources Fund to be shared equally between the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region's RiverBank Fund and the Rockingham County (N.C.) Community Foundation to continue environmental enhancements and economic development along the river basin.
Madison-Mayodan Recreation Commission received $25,000 through the Rockingham County Community Foundation to enhance facilities at the existing Dan River boat access site on Route 704.
"New steel steps at the Dan River boat access on Route 704 ensure a safe area for residents and visitors; otherwise we risked having to close the site," said Fred Thompson, executive director of the Madison-Mayodan Recreation Commission. "This is about economic development and making the region attractive for visitors. Grants like this are a blessing for us."
Since 2014, Duke Energy grants to the Dan River Basin have totaled over $1.6 million to help improve water quality, increase access to waterways and expand the economic and community vitality of the Dan River Basin region.
Other grants awarded through the Water Resources Fund to organizations in the river basin include:
- In April 2015, the city of Danville Parks and Recreation (Va.) received $100,000 for its Riverwalk-Sandy River Project. The funds are helping to create a riverwalk that includes a paved trail, a bridge and a boardwalk that will serve as an extension of Danville's greenway with westward access along the Dan River.
- In December 2015, Rockingham County received $91,000 to provide river access on Dan River, riparian forest improvement and environmental education.
In addition to grants through the Water Resources Fund, Duke Energy has invested more than $500,000 in enhancements to the Abreu-Grogan Park in Danville, Va.
About the Duke Energy Foundation
The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs vital to the health of communities it serves. Annually, the foundation funds more than $25 million in charitable grants, with a focus on education, environment, economic and workforce development, and community impact. Duke Energy has long been committed to supporting the communities where its customers and employees live and work, and will continue to build on this legacy. For more information, visit duke-energy.com/foundation.
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