Duke Energy Foundation’s ‘Powerful Communities’ Program Awards More Than $235,000 for Nature Grants in Indiana

(UNDATED) – The Duke Energy Foundation has awarded 19 “Powerful Communities” program grants in Indiana totaling more than $235,000 for important environmental programs to support water quality, conservation, and habitat and forest restoration.

“We are proud to support these organizations, which work so faithfully to maintain and improve our natural environment,” said Stan Pinegar, Duke Energy state president for Indiana. “Many of these programs provide benefits beyond the local community.”

One recipient of a $25,000 grant is Indiana Natural Resources Foundation, which will use the grant for its Indiana Tree Project to add 1,000 acres of forested land in the state.

“It’s so rewarding to partner with an organization that invests in their communities and shares our commitment to preserving and protecting our natural resources for future generations,” said Jody Kress, executive director of the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation. “We are grateful for Duke Energy’s partnership, generosity and genuine desire to make a positive impact on conservation in Indiana.”

Other organizations receiving the 2020 foundation grants include:

Art Spaces – Wabash Valley Outdoor Sculpture Collection Inc.TURN TO THE RIVER Phase 1 of implementation will provide an accessible and meaningful link between Terre Haute’s downtown and the Wabash River within a newly revitalized central city/county government plaza. $10,000
Arts Council of Southern IndianaThis program will enhance the Arts Alliance of Southern Indiana’s Monarch butterfly sanctuary.$5,000
Central Indiana Land TrustCentral Indiana Land Trust will expand trails in two of its most visited and beautiful nature preserves – Laura Hare Preserve at Blossom Hollow (Johnson County) and Fred and Dorothy Meyer Nature Preserve (Morgan County). $15,000
City of Franklin, Franklin Parks and RecreationThe Youngs Creek Mitigation and Restoration project will bring back the functionality of an area that has been lost to years of development and natural destruction. $23,334
City of NoblesvilleThe city of Noblesville will restore native habitat for a central stretch of the White River’s east bank in Noblesville, at the same time removing overgrowth of invasive species and opening the river both visually and physically to resident interaction. $25,000
City of SullivanThe Greenway project will plant trees, shrubs and flowers and place benches along the developing Greenway Trail System that connects Sullivan County Park and Lake, Sullivan High School and the Sullivan Public Library to downtown. $20,000
Clay Community ParksThe project is to extend the Craig Municipal Park walking trail and add a bridge over the lake’s dam overflow stream.$5,000
Columbus Redevelopment CommissionThe project will remove a low-head dam; ensure accessible pedestrian routes; provide safe and secure access to the river; provide ample access for emergency and public safety personnel for rapid response; and will be designed to reflect reasonable and responsible development of the riverfront. $5,000
Decatur County Community FoundationThis project will create a memorial walking trail and include learning and STEAM stations. Funds will be used to purchase trees native to Indiana, as well as items for a weather and music station. $25,000
Indiana University FoundationIndiana University’s Environmental Resilience Institute (ERI) will launch the 2021 Resilience Cohort to bring together local government staff and partners to advance local capacity and produce greenhouse gas inventories for up to six communities in Duke Energy’s Indiana service territory. $10,000
Indiana Wildlife Federation Inc.This grant will support the addition of a half-mile ADA-accessible interpretive nature trail loop that starts and ends at the new visitor center. $10,000
Landmark Columbus FoundationThe project will create free public programs in early 2021 and purchase and plant at least 1,300 plants in Bartholomew County. $3,500
NICHES Land TrustNICHES will create an outdoor observation and interpretive area with seating for visitors overlooking the natural play area and woodlands at this preserve. $15,000
Pennsy Trails of Hancock County Inc.This grant will fund a foundation for wildlife by adding native local wildflower seeds, plants, shrubs and trees to establish a healthy habitat. The grant will also provide signs to educate others on wildlife habitat.  $8,060
ReThinkThe program will improve the natural habitat and biodiversity by planting two pollinator gardens in a disadvantaged neighborhood. $3,000
Southern Indiana Cooperative Weed Management AreaThis program will help protect Indiana lands and water by coordinating efforts to identify, prevent and control problematic invasive species. $10,000
The Nature ConservancyThe Nature Conservancy will coordinate 15 “Weed Wrangles” across Indiana’s public green spaces. Each event is a locally led volunteer event that will educate, engage and empower local citizens to combat invasive species and encourage planting native species. $15,000
Town of ArcadiaThe town of Arcadia will develop a new pocket park for its downtown district. It will feature native shrubs and flowers, a bench, a path of pervious pavers and a small picnic table for residents and visitors to enjoy. $2,500