Fund for National Projects in Performing Arts -- Letters of Inquiry Accepted

Funding Agency:
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

The Fund will award a total of up to $1 million in grants each year to support key national projects in the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting and/or theatre fields. Grants range from $60,000 to $200,000 and cannot exceed 50 percent of a project's total cost. In general, grant periods will be limited to a maximum of two years, although applicants may request longer support in extraordinary circumstances. 

The Fund for National Projects supports projects that:

  • Strengthen the national infrastructure of the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting and/or theatre fields; or
  • Improve conditions for the national community of performing artists in professional nonprofit dance, jazz and theatre.

The next deadline to submit a letter of inquiry is February 24, 2017, and letters of inquiry must be submitted online.

Before approaching the funder or submitting an application:

  • Prospective applicants from Duke University – contact Nancy Hillsman in the Office of Foundation Relations, University Development at 919-681-0469 or
  • Prospective applicants from Duke Medicine – contact Anita Shirley in Foundation Relations and Corporate Giving, Duke Medicine Development and Alumni Affairs at 919-385-3117 or

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Single nonprofit organizations and consortia are both eligible to apply.



Funding Type





Arts & Humanities

External Deadline

February 24, 2017