Greensboro Urban Ministries gets $1M grant from Duke Energy

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Officials said dozens of families in Greensboro will get help paying their energy bills thanks to a grant from Duke Energy.

The company said it is donating almost $1.1 million to Greensboro Urban Ministries and has already helped a record number of people pay their bills this summer.

Officials said the grant is part of an agreement Duke Energy made with the North Carolina Utilities Commission in January that allowed the utility to go ahead with a rate increase.

Authorities said the grant to Greensboro Urban Ministries is the single largest one time grant is has ever received.

Rev Mike Aiken of Greensboro Urban Ministry said having the money to help families get on their feet and pay utility bills will make a huge difference. 

“We should be able to significantly increase the numbers that we help, and also we may be able to help some families over longer periods of time to stabilize them,” he said.

Greensboro Urban Ministries isn’t the only one getting a grant from Duke Energy. Officials said almost 50 other agencies in North Carolina will split $11 million worth of grant money — including 19 in the Triad.

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