Frequently Asked Questions

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"Small Stories," commissioned by the American Dance Festival, photo by @ghalverson

How do we start the application process?

Please see How to Apply for details about the submission process and our deadlines.


How do we submit an application?

We use an online application process. We do not accept hard-copy proposals.


What does The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation fund?

Please read the K-12 Education and Arts Program descriptions. We make operating support grants. In addition, our charter mandates that Duke University receive half of total grants.


I am a faculty or staff member from Duke University. May I apply for a grant?

At the Foundation’s request, Duke’s proposal is managed by staff in the Office of Foundation Relations in University Development. For more information, please contact them at 919-681-0468. We do not accept proposals from Duke outside of this process.


We received a grant from the MDBF in the past. May we apply for another grant?

Beginning in 2018, only organizations in the Triangle region of North Carolina are eligible to apply. We have defined the Triangle to include Chatham, Durham, Orange, and Wake Counties.

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 can be submitted.


When do we find out if our proposal was funded?

Applicants will be notified of the Board of Trustees’ decisions by June 15 or September 15 each year.


What are the grant stipulations?

All organizations are required to submit a  report regarding the outcome and use of their grant at the end of the grant period.


Where can we find your annual report?

Please click here.