Frequently Asked Questions
The proposal submission deadline for the fall meeting is July 19, 2013.
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 list of grants awarded last year, click here.
What organizations are eligible to submit a grant application?Only tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations in NYC and NC may apply. Requests for grants to individuals, endowments, capital campaigns, public education institutions, and their affiliated foundations, and for capital improvements such as building projects, are not considered.
Because our typical grant size — $5,000-$10,000 — will remain relatively modest, we will focus our grants on organizations with a total operating budget of less than $5 million. Organizations with an operating budget deficit may be less competitive.
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, and organizations may submit a new proposal only after the previous grant has been fully expended and a final narrative and financial report submitted to the foundation. It is unlikely that the foundation will fund an organization for more than three consecutive years, and successive grant requests may be less competitive even if the requested support is for different projects within an organization. If an organization has received three grants in successive years, the foundation asks the organization to wait for two years before applying again.
How do we start the application process?Eligible organizations should submit a formal application consisting of: a completed application form; a brief letter describing the project or program; the total amount of money requested and an itemized budget; and background information about the organization’s leadership and tax-exempt status. Click here for specific guidelines.
How do we submit our request?A hard copy of your application must be in our office by 5pm on the day of the stated deadline. No faxes, e-mails, or copies will be accepted.
Where do we send our application?Ms. Mimi O’Brien
The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation
1044 West Forest Hills Boulevard
Durham, North Carolina 27707
When are your deadlines?Grant requests are reviewed at board meetings in March and September. For deadlines and other information, please contact the foundation at 919-493-5591, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When do we find out whether our grant application was accepted?Applicants will be notified of the Board of Trustees’ decisions within two weeks after the board meeting.
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.
What is your 2013 holiday schedule?
New Year’s Day
1044 West Forest Hills Blvd. • Durham, NC 27707 • 919.493.5591
NO SUMMER GRANT CYCLE