Application Instructions

PLEASE READ: Our processes and timelines have changed significantly.

Duke University students contemplate "The Colour Correction" exhibition, photo by J. Caldwell, Nasher Museum of Art


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. See below for links to the LOI forms.

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.


Please see specific institutional and project eligibility criteria under the Student Success and Learning Program and the Arts Program.

Organizations may have only active 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 LOI is submitted. If you have questions about your organization’s eligibility, please call the foundation before submitting an LOI.

Ineligible requests:

  • Support for ongoing projects or programs. Projects that have been operating for 5 or more years are considered ongoing.
  • Capital requests: construction, renovation, or purchase of a building; endowments. Grants for equipment are rarely made.
  • Grants to individuals.
  • Projects that begin before the funding decision will be made.

Grant Range

The maximum grant is $10,000.


For 2018, Student Success and Learning LOIs are due between December 1-15, 2017, with an ultimate funding decision in June 2018. NOTE: The timeline for 2019 grants will change. LOIs will be due October 1, 2018 for a March 2019 decision.

For 2018, Arts LOIs are due between April 1-April 15, 2018, with an ultimate funding decision in September 2018. NOTE: The timeline for 2019 grants will change. LOIs will be due April 1 for a September 2019 decision.

 Student Success and Learning ProgramArts Program
LOIs are acceptedDecember 1-15, 2017April 1-15, 2018
Response to LOIJanuary 5, 2018April 30, 2018
Follow-up callsJanuary 8-19, 2018May 1-11, 2018
Full proposal deadlineMarch 1, 2018June 15, 2018
Grant decisionJune 15, 2018September 15, 2018

Application Instructions

  • Please read the detailed programmatic interests, criteria, and eligibility requirements, for the Student Success and Learning Program or the Arts Program before submitting an LOI.
  • Student Success and Learning Program: LOIs can be submitted only during the December period. Click here for the SSL LOI.
  • Arts Program: LOIs can be submitted only during the April period. Click here for the Arts LOI.
  • The online system works with Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome, and Firefox. We recommend that you use a laptop or desktop computer to complete and submit the application. If you use a mobile device (tablet or phone), you may not be able to upload attachments.
  • You will need to enter your organization’s EIN/Tax ID to begin. The EIN is checked against the IRS’s nonprofit database.
  • If you are using a fiscal sponsor, please use its EIN.
  • After you enter the EIN, you will take a brief eligibility quiz. If your organization meets general eligibility requirements, you will then be taken to our proposal portal to complete the brief LOI.
  • If your organization has not submitted an online LOI since June 2014, you will need to create an account. Click the “new applicant” link under the log-in box.
  • If your organization has submitted an online LOI since June 2014, please sign in with the information you used to create the account. If you no longer have this information, please call us at 919-493-5591.