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    Vectren Foundation

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    About the Foundation

    Learn about us and the communities we serve.


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    Apply for Funding

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    COVID-19 Grant Applications

    The Vectren Foundation will contribute $1.5 million to nonprofit organizations, agencies and causes that are committed to supporting those who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. The COVID-19 Relief Fund will include $1 million in direct contributions, as well as up to $500,000 in matching gifts for employees' contributions to qualifying 501(c)3 organizations. Foundation contributions will go to organizations who are responding to the COVID-19 crisis and supporting vulnerable and at-risk populations. Qualifying nonprofit organizations in CenterPoint Energy's utility footprint of Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas will be eligible to receive grants. Organizations that are interested in applying for a CenterPoint Energy COVID-19 Relief Fund grant should visit https://www.cybergrants.com/centerpoint/CovidResponse

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    2018 Vectren Community Impact

    Using everyday opportunities to achieve extraordinary outcomes

    Since 2000, we provided over $45 million in grants and contributions to nonprofits in Indiana and Ohio. Last year alone, we provided over $5 million in foundation grants, sponsorships and other corporate contributions to more than 400 organizations. Here's how we impacted our communities in 2018.

    Community Development
    $3,100,000 invested in communities across Indiana and Ohio

    We invest in programs that measurably advance economic development, restore and maintain neighborhoods, and revitalize the core of a community. These programs supported over 4,600 jobseekers with workforce training, and engaged nearly 255,000 in community programs. Roughly 350 homes were impacted to ensure communities maintain affordable housing.

    Environment and Energy
    $285,000 invested in conservation programs and projects

    We invest in programs that measurably reduce environmental impact, drive long-term conservation behaviors, and restore natural resources. These programs provided over 9,300 environmental education and allowed for the removal and recycling of 79,000 lbs. of trash. Over 50,600 square foot of new green space was established and nearly 4,300 trees were planted.

    Education
    $1,400,000 invested in programs to prepare the next generation workforce

    We invest in programs that measurably advance grade-level readiness, develop soft skills, and prepare students for gainful employment. These programs reached over 316,000 students, over 77,500 parents, nearly 24,000 educators, and over 9,400 mentors. Nearly 36,000 books were distributed to children in our communities, and we saw an average 77% increase in social & emotional development.

    Team Vectren
    53,500 volunteer hours invested by over 1,500 employees

    We share in the commitment to community through time, talent and treasure, to make a positive impact across all our regions. Our team drove over $74,000 in matching gifts to local nonprofits, colleges and universities, and serve on over 200 nonprofit boards. Employees contributed nearly $569,000 to more than 40 United Ways, United Funds and Campaign for the Arts organizations.

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    Common questions

    No, there is neither a deadline for application nor a funding cycle. We accept applications year-round.

    If your agency is located outside of our service territory, but serves residents within our service territory, you are eligible for funding. However, these grants are primarily restricted to serve those clients within our service territory.

    No. As a private foundation, we are restricted to only making awards to 501(c)(3) organizations. You can learn more about the IRS code for charitable organizations on the IRS website.

    We make every attempt to complete the review process and issue notification within 45 days. How long must I wait to submit another application? There is no restriction on the number of applications an organization can make in a year, but since we are a smaller foundation, it is unlikely multiple grants will be awarded to the same organization in the same year.

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    Contact our team

    • Amanda Schmitt
      Manager, Community Affairs
      P.O. Box 209, Evansville, IN 47702
      812-491-4176

    • Media Inquiries
      For all media queries, please contact Natalie Hedde, Director of Corporate Communications.

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