Funding Agency:
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

The Building Bridges 2018-19 Grants Program will support planning and implementation of projects that engage U.S.-based Muslim and non-Muslim populations in arts- and media-based experiences designed to advance relationships and understanding for mutual well-being. Through this approach, the program’s larger aim is to contribute toward a more just civil society and greater well-being among people.

• A total of $2 million will be awarded in March 2019 for projects that begin between May and December of 2019.

• Grants ranging from $25,000 to $300,000 over one to three years will be awarded. Grants may support up to 75 percent of the total project budget. The total grant requested may not exceed 25 percent of the organization’s annual expense budget.

• Grantees will receive strategic communications support during the grant period from a Building Bridges Program-appointed consultant.

• Nonprofit organizations with operating expense budgets greater than $100,000 and at least $25,000 in arts-related programming are eligible to apply as follows:

     - Organizations with annual expense budgets between $100,000 and $500,000 may apply for a total grant of up to $125,000 or no more than 25 percent of the annual expense budget.

     - Organizations with annual expense budgets greater than $500,000 may apply for a total grant up to $300,000 or no more than 25 percent of the annual expense budget.

• Projects must take place within the United States.

• Grants will be selected through a competitive, peer-review process administered by the Building Bridges Program. The review panel will consist of external experts in the field.


  • Duke Internal Deadline: August 13, 2018
  • Deadline for Letter of Intent: August 23, 2018

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

  • • Applicant organizations must be able to document their tax-exempt status under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) 501(c)(3) and be publicly supported under IRC 509(a). Fiscal sponsors with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status may apply on behalf of a project for which there is an existing fiscal sponsor relationship.

    • Organizations may submit (and be associated with) only one application in each grant-making round. Where two or more organizations plan to work in partnership, the applicant should be the organization that meets all the eligibility criteria and can receive and manage the grant, if funded. An organization that agrees to partner on another organization’s LOI may not also submit an LOI for its own project. Internal collaboration between departments, centers and/or multiple branch campuses within a larger organizational system is acceptable; however, only one of them may apply for a grant. In all cases, the application should describe and clarify all partnerships involved in the project.

    • Organizations that received previous Building Bridges Program funding are eligible to apply again in this cycle. However, if selected for funding in this cycle, cumulative grants may not exceed $300,000. Additionally, if previous program funding totals $300,000, the organization must wait three years from the end of grant period of the last grant before reapplying. 

    • Organizations that do not meet the budget criteria may partner with another organization that does and can serve as the fiscal sponsor. Similarly, non-arts, social change focused organizations may partner with arts organizations to apply and vice versa; however, only one organization may submit an application.

    • Organizations must have at least three years of professional experience producing or presenting literary, media- and/or performing arts‐based programs or, may partner with an organization that does.



Funding Type





Arts & Humanities
Community Outreach and Engagement

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

  1. CV or Biosketch of Project Leader
  2. One page project description.

Please submit internal materials through My Research Proposal. (Code ILN)

Instructions for setting up your account and uploading internal applications can be found here: Instructions_FINAL.pdf

Internal Deadline

August 13, 2018

External Deadline

August 23, 2018