PLEASE READ: Our processes and timelines have changed significantly.
Before submitting a Letter of Inquiry (LOI), organizations may 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. We ask that you call rather than email. Our in-boxes can get overloaded!
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 accept full proposals for a limited number of projects that are good fits with our programmatic interests and funding criteria. We will email all LOI 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 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.
K-12 Education LOIs are due between September 16-October 1, 2019, with an ultimate funding decision in March 2020.
Arts LOIs are due between March 16-April 1, 2020, with an ultimate funding decision in September 2020.
|K-12 Education Program||Arts Program|
|Pre-LOI application conversations||August 15-September 13, 2019||February 17-March 13, 2020|
|LOIs accepted||September 16-October 1, 2019||March 16-April 1, 2020|
|Response to LOI||October 18, 2019||April 15, 2020|
|Follow-up calls||October 21-28, 2019||April 15-30, 2020|
|Full proposal deadline||December 16, 2019||June 15, 2020|
|Grant decision||March 15, 2020||September 15, 2020|