Dominion Announces Second Wave of Awards in $575,000 Environmental Grants Program

-- 19 additional organizations to receive $300,000 in funding; total for the year $575,000

-- Grants cover a variety of environmental organizations, programs across Virginia

Nov 26, 2013

RICHMOND, Va., Nov. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --  Nineteen more environmental organizations in Virginia will share an additional $300,000 in grants from the charitable arm of Dominion Resources, the parent company of Dominion Virginia Power, bringing the total funding this year to $575,000. The first wave of grants from the Dominion Foundation – $275,000 – was awarded in April to 17 organizations.

The grants support projects that help preserve watersheds, restore national parks and provide educational programs to children. Foundation grants are funded by shareholder dollars and are not borne by customers. A complete list of projects can be found at: https://www.dom.com/about/community/pdf/fall-2013-env-grants-awarded.pdf

"The work these organizations do is crucial to preserving the environment, protecting animals, and educating children," said Pamela Faggert, Dominion's chief environmental officer. "We have no doubt about the positive results their efforts will produce, and we feel privileged to partner with them."

Recipients in the second wave include:

  • Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro: $10,000 to produce "Critter Cam," a live web broadcast of animals in treatment at the center, and to create "Critter Cam Kits" for 400,000 students in 20 school districts around the state.
  • The Elizabeth River Project in Portsmouth: $12,500 to support their "River Stars" program where Elizabeth River Project staff help local businesses make changes in their facilities and practices in order to conserve natural habitats and reduce pollution. 
  • Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville: $20,000 to underwrite "Living on the Water," an aquatic conservation exhibit that will be on display at the museum and will travel to multiple locations throughout the Commonwealth.

Over the past 10 years, Dominion's total giving to support environmental programs has reached $17.4 million, including major grants for groups such as The Nature Conservancy, The Trust for Public Land, Keep Virginia Beautiful, and Dominion's Project Plant It!.

The Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources, is dedicated to improving the physical, social and economic well being of the communities served by Dominion companies. Dominion and the Foundation annually award more than $20 million to causes that protect the environment, promote education and help meet basic human needs. For more information about Dominion, one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, visit www.dom.com

SOURCE The Dominion Foundation

For further information: Daisy Pridgen, 804-771-6115, Daisy.Pridgen@dom.com, or Bonita B. Harris, 757-857-2700, Bonita.B.Harris@dom.com, or Charles Penn, 703-796-9308, Charles.Penn@dom.com


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