Duke Energy Donates $5,000 to Business Resiliency Fund

New Castle Main Street gathering donors and partners to support area small businesses


In response to the economic impact COVID-19 has had on small businesses of Henry County, Indiana, New Castle Main Street has begun a crowdfunding program to provide COVID-19 emergency financial relief for small businesses in Henry County. This program will provide up to $2,000 per grant to small businesses in Henry County.


Yesterday, Duke Energy agreed to partner with New Castle Main Street and provided $5,000 towards the program. 


“We are excited to partner with New Castle Main Street on this effort,” said Kim Vogelgesang, Duke Energy Foundation. “Investing in small businesses at this time is critical to our economic health and we feel passionately about supporting the communities we serve.”


With Duke Energy’s support, the Henry County Business Resiliency Fund has already reached $50,000 in funding. To donate to the Henry County Business Resiliency Fund, visit or send a check to New Castle Main Street, 227 N. Main Street, New Castle, IN 47362. New Castle Main Street is a 501c3 non-profit and all donations are tax deductible.


“We are thrilled that we will be able to help so many small businesses adapt to this ever changing economic landscape in Henry County,” said Carrie Barrett, New Castle Main Street. “The outpouring of support from Henry County Council and Commissioners, the Henry County Community Foundation and now Duke Energy shows just how generous our community can be.”


Applications will begin in mid-May. For more information on applying, contact Carrie Barrett at


About Duke Energy Foundation

The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to meet the needs of communities where Duke Energy’s customers live and work. The Foundation contributes more than $30 million annually in charitable gifts, and is funded by Duke Energy shareholder dollars. More information about the Foundation and its Powerful Communities program can be found at

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 125 company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S. It employs 30,000 people and has an electric generating capacity of 51,000 megawatts through its regulated utilities, and 3,000 megawatts through its nonregulated Duke Energy Renewables unit.

Duke Energy is transforming its customers’ experience, modernizing the energy grid, generating cleaner energy and expanding natural gas infrastructure to create a smarter energy future for the people and communities it serves. The Electric Utilities and Infrastructure unit’s regulated utilities serve approximately 7.7 million retail electric customers in six states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. The Gas Utilities and Infrastructure unit distributes natural gas to more than 1.6 million customers in five states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The Duke Energy Renewables unit operates wind and solar generation facilities across the U.S., as well as energy storage and microgrid projects.

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