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

Note:  Applications are only active during the time periods indicated below. If you login and are asked for an access code, it means no applications are active.



The Biddle Foundation has two grant cycles per year, one for the K-12 Education Program and one for the Arts Program

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.


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 application is submitted. If you have questions about your organization’s eligibility, please call the foundation before submitting an application.

Ineligible requests:

  • Grants to individuals.

Grant opportunities

MDBF has shifted its grantmaking from project-based support to unrestricted operating support for organizations that align with our funding goals.

  • 2-Year Operating Support Grant:   We offer a two-year grant of $10,000 each year for a total of $20,000. These grants will be made to organizations with which MDBF has an existing funding relationship, defined as having at least one grant between 2012-2021.
  • 1-Year Operating Support Grant: We offer a one-year $5,000 grant to organizations that have never received a grant from MDBF or haven't received a grant since 2012. This grant provides an opportunity for MDBF to get to know new organizations.

There are different application forms for these grants. You can preview them in the table below.

K-12 Education ProgramArts Program
Pre-application conversationsFebruary 1-28, 2022May 1-31, 2022
Proposal application OpensMarch 1, 2022June 1, 2022
Proposal application DeadlineMarch 15, 2022June 15, 2022
Follow-up calls, as neededMay 5-May 20, 2022August 3-August 18, 2022
Grant DecisionJune 15, 2022September 15, 2022
Preview Application form
K-12 Education 2-year grant application2022 2-Year Arts Grant Application Preview
K-12 Education 1-year grant application2022 1-Year Arts Grant Application Preview

To Apply:  Click here to go to our online portal, through which you will access the 1-year or 2-year application form.  Check the header to make sure you have the right form.


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 application.

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.


  • Logon: 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.
  • Click on the Apply button in the navigation bar at the top of the page to display active applications.
  • Click on the blue Apply button on the right side of the application title header.
  • Note that applications are only active during the time periods indicated above. If no applications are active, no links will be available.
  • K-12 Education Program: Applications can be submitted only during the dates indicated above.
  • Arts Program: Applications can be submitted only during the dates indicated above.
  • 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.