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 K-12 Education Program and one for the Arts Program

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.


Please see specific institutional and project eligibility criteria under the K-12 Education Program and the Arts Program.

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.

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.


Arts LOI Deadline Extended to April 10, 2020.

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 10, 2020, with an ultimate funding decision in September 2020.

 K-12 Education ProgramArts Program
Pre-LOI application conversationsAugust 17-September 11, 2020February 17-March 13, 2020
LOIs acceptedSeptember 15-October 1, 2020March 16-April 10, 2020
Response to LOIOctober 20, 2020April 15, 2020
Follow-up callsOctober 21-30 2020April 15-30, 2020
Full proposal deadlineDecember 15, 2020June 15, 2020
Grant decisionMarch 15, 2021September 15, 2020

Application Instructions: Please read the detailed programmatic interests, criteria, and eligibility requirements, for the K-12 Education Program or the Arts Program before submitting an LOI.

Click here to go to our new online portal, through which you will access application forms.

  • There are instructions for new and existing users on the logon page. Instructions are also listed below.
  • If you have previously submitted an application using your email address or your organization's general email address, you will need to reset your password. Enter your email address and click on the "Forgot your Password?" link in the portal.
  • If you are a new applicant, please click on "Create New Account" to complete the registration process and create your log in credentials.
  • If you are using a fiscal sponsor, please follow the instructions on the log in page.
  • When you log in, there will be an "Apply" button at the top of the page. Click that button to access active LOI applications. Please note that LOIs are only active during the time periods indicated above. If no LOIs are active, no links will be available.
  • K-12 Education Program: LOIs can be submitted only during the dates indicated above. Click here to preview the K-12 Program LOI.
  • Arts Program: LOIs can be submitted only during the dates indicated above.   Click here to preview the Arts LOI.
  • The new portal will also allow you to view your organization's history and report forms.
  • We recommend that you use a laptop or desktop computer to complete and submit the application. If you use a mobile device such as a tablet or phone, you may not be able to upload attachments.
  • If you have questions about logging in or your organization's record, please call us at 919-493-5591.