Duke Energy Foundation awards $315,000 in grants

Twenty-one Indiana nonprofit organizations are sharing in $315,000 in Duke Energy Foundation grants to make a difference in their communities.

"It's an honor for us to help support these nonprofit organizations as they bring life, health and vitality to their communities," said Melody Birmingham-Byrd, Duke Energy state president for Indiana. "We are dedicated to supporting initiatives that enhance the regions where our customers live, work and play."

Top grant recipients include:

* YMCAs of the Wabash Valley, $15,000 to support a youth food delivery program, helping feed approximately 400 school-age children during the two-week winter holiday break;

* Indiana Special Olympics Inc., $20,000 to support the Olympic Town summer games for contestants with intellectual disabilities;

* Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum, Greene County, $12,000 for a traveling foundry program to support STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) programs;

* Food Finders Food Bank Inc., in Howard County, $50,000 to provide additional food during the high-need holiday season;

* Indiana Chamber of Commerce Foundation Inc., $50,000 to advance workforce development goals;

* Indiana Symphony Society Inc., $30,000 to support Discovery Concerts, offered to third- through sixth-grade students;

* Indiana University Southeast, $17,500 to help build nonprofit capacity in Southern Indiana through a professional development conference and on-site consulting;

* Heart of Rushville in Rushville, Ind., $16,500 to create a park in memory of Carol Jenkins-Davis, a young woman who lost her life due to a racially motivated crime;

* Arts Council of Southern Indiana, $10,000 to help fund creation of Art on Wheels, a mobile van that will travel in Clark, Harrison and Floyd counties, delivering interactive art experiences to children under age 18;

* Arts and Cultural Council, Decatur County, $12,000 for the Rebekah Park amphitheater, providing a permanent location for arts and cultural events. The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs of communities where its customers live and work.

In 2017, the foundation donated more than $2 million to nonprofit organizations in Indiana.