Frequently Asked Questions
What kinds of projects does The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation fund?Foundation grants support a range of arts, educational, and charitable initiatives in North Carolina and New York City. Our charter mandates that Duke University receives at least half of the total dollar amount awarded each year.
Please review our Mission and Current Focus statement here.
To see a PDF of the 2012 Annual Report, please click here.
I am a faculty or staff member from Duke University. May I apply for a grant?At the Foundation’s request, Duke’s proposal is managed by the Office of Foundation Relations in University Development.
Please contact them at 919-681-0468 for information.
We received a grant from the MDBF in the past. May we apply for another grant?Beginning in 2013, organizations may have only one active grant at a time. We ask that organizations wait one year after the conclusion of a grant before applying again. A final narrative and financial report on the previous grant must be submitted to the foundation before a new proposal is submitted, even if it has been more than one year between grants. It is unlikely that the foundation will fund an organization for more than two consecutive years, and successive grant requests may be less competitive even if the requested support is for different projects within an organization.
These limitations do not apply to organizations with which the Foundation has an historical relationship
How do we start the application process?Eligible organizations should submit a formal application consisting of: a completed application form; a project budget form; a brief letter/proposal describing the project or program; and background information about the organization’s leadership and tax-exempt status. Click here for specific guidelines.
How do we submit our request?Two hard copies of your application and supporting documentation must be in our office by 5pm on the day of the stated deadline. Faxed or e-mailed copies are not accepted.
Do we need to include our 990 or audited financial statements with our proposal?No, please do not submit this documentation. Save the paper and the postage.
When do we find out if our proposal was funded?Applicants will be notified of the Board of Trustees’ decisions by the end of March or September.
What are the grant stipulations?All organizations are required to submit a narrative and financial report regarding the outcome and use of their grant 90 days after the end of the grant period. If a final report cannot be submitted at that time, then a progress report must be sent annually until the project is completed. Please click here for reporting guidelines.
Where can we find your audited financial statements?Please click here to see the foundation's 2012 financial report.
What is your 2013 holiday schedule?New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King Day
Easter Holiday – Good Friday
Thanksgiving and the following Friday
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Proposals accepted November 1 - December 1 for a March 2014 decision