Application Procedures

PLEASE READ: Application processes have changed.

Organizations interested in submitting an online proposal must first submit a brief written letter of inquiry (LOI). Please see timeline and deadlines below.

Organizations that have not submitted an inquiry and had a response from the foundation will not be able to submit an online application.

Annual Deadlines, Timeline, and Process

March decision September decision
Advance Conversations
September 1- 30 March 1-31
LOIs accepted
October 1-31 April 1-30
LOI response
5 business days 5 business days
Full proposal deadline
*December 1 *June 1
*or next business day

Funding Decisions
Funding decisions will be mailed by the end of March and September.

Current Interests
As indicated in our Mission statement, our current focus areas are the arts, youth education, and programs that serve less advantaged populations. We particularly encourage collaborative efforts and projects that blend or combine our funding interests.

Grant Range
Our grants typically fall in the $3,000-$5,000 range.

Application Instructions
First, please submit an LOI, as described above, to info@mdbf.org. We will let you know if a full application will be accepted. Accepting a full proposal does not imply that a grant will be made.

The foundation welcomes conversations before the LOI period, as time permits.

The full application is now online and you will be guided through a series of questions to answer. Because the form does not allow for easy editing, we recommend that you write your proposal in word processing program and then copy and paste your responses into online form. The form does not accept formatting (e.g., bold fonts, underlining, bullets).

You will be asked to upload the following documents:

  1. A 1-page cover letter on the organization’s letterhead.
  2. A copy of the organization’s federal tax-exempt certification under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. If your IRS letter does not include your organization's employer identification number (EIN), please write it on the copy submitted.  
  3. A project budget using this form: project budget form
  4. A list of the Board of Directors

Applications must be complete by 5:00 p.m. on the day of the deadline.

No hard-copy proposals will be accepted.

CONTACT US 919.493.5591

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