GREENVILLE, SC (WBTW) – The Duke Energy Foundation has awarded nearly $ 500,000 in grants to 16 organizations in South Carolina, including four in Darlington and Florence counties, which will fund efforts to conserve wildlife, environmental projects and educational programs across the state.
“We are committed to making strategic investments to build powerful communities where nature and wildlife thrive,” said Michael Callahan, president of Duke Energy in South Carolina. “By supporting organizations that do this great work, we can help protect, restore and enhance natural resources, provide valuable educational opportunities, and promote access to nature for Southern Carolinians of all ages.
Florence County will receive $ 15,000 to improve water quality and access to Lake Brook Park.
“I would like to thank the Duke Energy Foundation for this magnanimous grant which will further improve water quality, help preserve our natural resources and improve the quality of life for the citizens of Florence County and the great state of South Carolina. “Rusty,” Florence County Administrator KG said Smith.
Francis Marion University received a $ 50,000 grant to create a mobile laboratory for faculty and students researching flooding, water quality and wildlife ecosystems.
“Duke Energy has been one of Francis Marion University’s most committed and generous supporters over the years,” said Dr. Fred Carter, president of the school. “This substantial donation will fund a mobile lab that will enhance learning opportunities to complement our ecological center when it opens early next semester.”
Kalmia Gardens, a 35-acre botanical garden and historic home in Hartsville, will receive $ 7,000 to extend a boardwalk and improve erosion control.
“The Duke Energy grant will allow more visitors to Kalmia Gardens to easily and safely access the rainforest in the easternmost part of the garden by installing a boardwalk, thus expanding the experience of learning of the visiting public, ”Dan Hill, assistant of Kalmia Gardens said the director.
The Pee Dee Land Trust in Darlington County received $ 25,000 to improve public access to Black Creek.
“The Duke Energy Foundation grant will allow the Pee Dee Land Trust to create a new public access point for non-motorized boats on Black Creek at our Mozingo reserve, located off Society Hill Road in Darlington,” Lyles Cooper , executive director of Pee said Dee Land Trust.
Other grants were awarded to the following organizations:
- Ann Springs Close Greenway – Preventing and Eliminating Water Pollution and Stabilizing the Shores of Steele Creek ($ 25,000)
- Audubon South Carolina – Extending Network Coverage of Wildlife Tracking Towers in Upstate ($ 20,000)
- Beautiful Places Alliance – Extending SC State Parks’ outreach and activities to underserved minority communities ($ 20,000)
- Ducks Unlimited – Improve Wetland Habitats in the Beaverdam Creek Wildlife Management Area ($ 25,000)
- Greenville Revitalization Corporation – Restore creek and native species at Textile Heritage Park ($ 5,000)
- Partners for Active Living – Removing Invasive Species Along a Section of the Three Creeks Trail ($ 5,000)
- Roper Mountain Science Center – Create a sustainability garden at the Environmental Science and Sustainability Building ($ 50,000)
- Save Our Saluda – Protect and Restore the Upper Saluda River Watershed ($ 20,000)
- Spartanburg Area Conservancy – Turn Tornado Damage at Griffin Nature Reserve into Educational Forest ($ 5,000)
- Spartanburg Community College – Stabilize the sources of Fairforest Creek on the main campus to prevent downstream sediment ($ 20,000)
- The Nature Conservancy of South Carolina – Repairing the pedestrian bridge over Vaughn Creek at Blue Wall Preserve ($ 25,000)
- Trees Upstate – Expanding the Energy Saving Trees giveaway program by targeting outreach to under-represented Hispanic communities and translating materials into Spanish ($ 78,000)
The Duke Energy Foundation gives over $ 30 million a year in charitable donations and is funded by money from Duke Energy shareholders.