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Matching grants for North Carolina teachers to foster literacy and bring engaging STEM projects to life in their classrooms

As part of #GivingTuesday, I’m excited to share news about a new program Duke Energy is launching today in partnership with to help schools in the Triangle and our Duke Energy Progress service area.

Duke Energy will provide $175,000 in matching grants for North Carolina teachers to foster literacy and bring engaging science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) projects to life in their classrooms.

Here is how it works: Teachers can submit K-3 literacy and K-12 STEM project proposals (for up to a total project goal of $1,000) to, where the public can provide funding.

The Duke Energy Foundation will match all donations made toward qualifying classroom projects at public schools in eligible counties,* up to $500 per project. The project donations will be matched on a first-come, first-served basis until the $175,000 goal is reached. For example, if you donate $50 toward an eligible project, a $50 Duke Energy match will automatically be applied to the project.

Teachers can visit to submit a project. Qualifying projects already posted to the site will automatically be eligible for Duke Energy’s matching funds on new donations made on or after November 28.

Parents and other members of the community can help fund projects by visiting and searching for projects by school name, teacher name and/or the “North Carolina STEM and Literacy” match filter. will continually update this page with a list of all projects eligible for the Duke Energy match. All projects eligible for the Duke Energy match will display this notice:

You and I both know our children are the future leaders of our communities, and we have to support their success. I hope you can share this great news with public school teachers in your community, as well as your friends and neighbors. Please share this article, and if you’re active on social media, consider a post to share the news:

This #GivingTuesday @DukeEnergy is supporting NC teachers with $175K in matching funds @DonorsChoose! Make a donation today to have your dollars doubled.

You can also consider making a donation to a project at a school you care about. Below is a full list of eligible counties, which includes the Triangle and our Duke Energy Progress service area.

Thanks in advance for your help sharing this exciting program!

Editor’s Note: The Duke Energy Foundation supports the work of EducationNC.

Amy Strecker

Amy Strecker serves as Duke Energy’s Stakeholder Philanthropy Manager overseeing the Duke Energy Foundation’s grantmaking in North Carolina. She has also worked in the public policy arena, focusing on affordable higher education. Strecker started her career with Teach for America as an English teacher in Warren County, North Carolina. Strecker earned a BA in English from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.