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Our goal is bigger than keeping the lights on. We want the community to thrive, so we give a lot more than safe and reliable power.

We’re continually investing resources to ensure our infrastructure meets the region’s future electrical demands. Whether we’re starting initiatives that enhance quality of life or contribute to the region’s economic growth, our goal is the same — to build strong and vibrant communities where we all can be successful.

In 2018, the company donated more than $1.4 million to organizations across Allegheny and Beaver counties. In addition, from giving more than $450,000 to United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania agencies to volunteering 3,000 hours of community service, Duquesne Light employees continue to inspire kindness and reciprocal goodwill in the communities where they live and work.  

FUNDING PRIORITIES

Lighting Projects

Projects that plan to illuminate regional and neighborhood landmarks, recreational lighting, as well as lighting initiatives promoting economic vitality, safety and security in the various communities and neighborhoods Duquesne Light serves are welcome to apply for funding consideration. This builds on successful partnerships like the architectural lighting of Penn Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh and the Roberto Clemente Bridge, safety lights installed on Smallman Street in Pittsburgh's Strip District, and the various community ball fields and recreation areas that have received grants to help install lighting.

Economic Development and Community Development Organizations

Organizations that specifically target certain neighborhoods or economic development initiatives are welcome to apply for funding consideration, especially though the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) or Neighborhood Partnership Program (NPP).

Educational Organizations

Organizations that specifically work with children and youth educational initiatives are welcome to apply for funding consideration, especially through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program.

Community Services

Organizations that specifically work with low- and moderate-income families to assist in improving their quality of life are welcome to apply for funding consideration. Special consideration will be given to organizations that help this population with assistance in keeping essential services.

Click here to see 2018 Donation Recipients

 

Program Application

Thank you for your interest in Duquesne Light’s charitable giving program. Given the current crisis, Duquesne Light has contributed $500,000 to the Pittsburgh Foundation’s Emergency Action Fund in order to maximize community support for organizations in Allegheny and Beaver counties. The Emergency Action Fund provides grants of $5,000 - $25,000 to nonprofits providing direct service during this crisis, including organizations who support senior citizen services, child care services, health needs and medical supplies, food assistance, shelter assistance and any additional services for vulnerable populations under stress from the pandemic.

If your organization is in need of financial support, we encourage you to consider applying to the Emergency Action Fund here. We applaud and appreciate your work in supporting our community members during this difficult time.

Sincerely,
The Corporate Citizenship Team