PLEASE READ: Our processes and timelines have changed significantly.
Before submitting a Letter of Inquiry (LOI), organizations can schedule a 30-minute phone conversation with the executive director to discuss the project. Please see the time periods for these calls under Deadlines, below. These conversations are not required; an organization may submit an LOI without having had a conversation. Please call the MDBF office at 919-493-5591 to schedule an appointment. The calendar fills up with these calls, particularly toward the end of the period, and there may not be availability for a conversation.
LOIs are submitted through our online system. See below for links to the LOI forms.
The foundation receives more LOIs than can be funded. After reviewing all of them, we will conduct follow-up calls with a limited number of applicants to determine if the projects 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.
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.
The maximum grant is $10,000.
Student Success and Learning LOIs are due between September 17-October 1, 2018, with an ultimate funding decision in March 2019.
Arts LOIs are due between April 1-April 15, 2018, with an ultimate funding decision in September 2018. NOTE: The timeline for 2019 Arts grants will change. LOIs will be due March 18-April 1, 2019 for a September 2019 decision.
|Student Success and Learning Program||Arts Program|
|Pre-LOI application conversations||August 13-September 14, 2018||February 11-March 15, 2019|
|LOIs accepted||September 17, 2018-October 1, 2018||April 1-15, 2018|
|Response to LOI||October 15, 2018||April 30, 2018|
|Follow-up calls||October 15-26, 2018||May 1-11, 2018|
|Full proposal deadline||December 15, 2018||June 15, 2018|
|Grant decision||March 15, 2019||September 15, 2018|