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Please see How to Apply for details about the Letter of Inquiry (LOI) submission process and our deadlines.
The foundation will let you know if a full proposal will be considered. Accepting a full proposal for consideration does not imply that a grant will be made.
We use an online application process. We do not accept hard-copy proposals.
You can access it here: MDBF_Project Budget Form
Please read the K-12 Education and Arts Program descriptions. We typically make grants for specific projects rather than for general operating support. Our charter mandates that Duke University receive half of total grants.
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.
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 LOI is submitted. If you have questions about your organization’s eligibility, please call the foundation before submitting an LOI.
No. The online process will not accept these documents. We do require:
Applicants will be notified of the Board of Trustees’ decisions by June 15 or September 15 each year.
All organizations are required to submit a narrative and financial report regarding the outcome and use of their grant 90 days after the end of the grant period.
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