The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation has a longstanding commitment to youth education. We focus this grantmaking on two areas: K-12 education and Arts education. In both areas, the foundation makes grants to help children, especially those in underserved communities, acquire the knowledge, skills, and behaviors they need to succeed in school, career pathways, and life.
The arts are essential to strong, vibrant communities. A dynamic cultural sector is a catalyst for growth, attracting and retaining businesses and visitors. They strengthen neighborhoods and communities by preserving the culture and memories of specific places and have a positive impact on health and well-being.
Who We Are
The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation supports arts organizations, artists, and K-12 education in the Triangle region of North Carolina. The foundation focuses on projects in which our modest grants can make a significant difference. In addition, MDBF supports Duke University, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and three churches, all institutions important to Mrs. Biddle and her family.
How to Apply
The Biddle Foundation has two grant cycles per year, one for the Student Success and Learning Program and one for the Arts Program. The process begins with the submission of a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) through our online system. The foundation receives many more LOIs than can be funded. After reviewing all of them, we will conduct follow-up calls with a limited number of applicants to discuss their projects and determine whether they are good fits with our programmatic interests. We will accept full proposals based on those conversations. We will email all LOI applicants to let you know our decision.