PLEASE READ: Our processes and timelines have changed significantly.
Before submitting an application, organizations may schedule a 30-minute phone conversation with the executive director to discuss the organization Please see the time periods for these calls under Deadlines, below. These conversations are not required; an organization may submit an application without having had a conversation. Please call the MDBF office at 919-493-5591 to schedule an appointment. We ask that you call rather than email. Our in-boxes can get overloaded!
Applications are submitted through our online system. See below for links to the online portal.
The foundation receives more applications than can be funded. We will email all applicants to let you know our decision.
Organizations may have only one grant at a time. A final narrative and financial report on the organization’s previous grant must be received by the foundation before a new application is submitted. If you have questions about your organization’s eligibility, please call the foundation before submitting an application.
Beginning in 2021, MDBF is shifting most of its grantmaking from project-based support to unrestricted operating support for organizations that align with our funding goals.
There are different application forms for these grants. You can preview them in the table below.
|K-12 Education Program||Arts Program|
|Pre-application conversations||February 1-28, 2021||May 1-31, 2021|
|Proposal application Opens||March 1, 2021||June 1, 2021|
|Proposal application Deadline||March 19, 2021||June 15, 2021|
|Follow-up calls, as needed||May 5-May 20, 2021||August 3-August 18, 2021|
|Grant Decision||June 15, 2021||September 15, 2021|
|Preview Application form||K-12 Education Program application form||Art Grant Application_2-year grant|
|Art Grant Application_1-year grant|
Note: Applications are only active during the time periods indicated above. If you login and are asked for an access code, it means no applications are active.