Grants (Student Learning/Success and the Arts)

Funding Agency:
Mary Duke Biddle Foundation

In fall 2017, the Biddle Foundation refined the focus of its grantmaking to have greater impact. Grants will continue to support Biddle’s long-standing interests in arts organizations, artists, and K-12 education. We have separate and distinct funding cycles for the Arts Program and the Student Success and Learning Program. Arts education programs fall within the Student Success and Learning Program's guidelines and deadlines.

Changes include the definition of specific goals and criteria within the Arts and Student Success and Learning Programs and the decision to make grants only in the Triangle region of North Carolina. These decisions were made after careful consideration of how the foundation’s limited financial and staff resources could be best deployed. 

The Biddle Foundation has two grant cycles per year, one for the Student Success and Learning Program and one for the Arts Program

Before submitting a Letter of Inquiry (LOI), organizations can schedule a 30-minute phone conversation with the executive director to discuss the project. Please see the time periods for these calls under Deadlines, below. These conversations are not required; an organization may submit an LOI without having had a conversation. Please call the MDBF office at 919-493-5591 to schedule an appointment. The calendar fills up with these calls, particularly toward the end of the period, and there may not be availability for a conversation.

The foundation receives more LOIs than can be funded. After reviewing all of them, we will conduct follow-up calls with a limited number of applicants to determine if the projects are good fits with our programmatic interests. We will accept full proposals based on those conversations. We will email all LOI applicants to let you know our decision.

Organizations may have only one active 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.

Deadlines:

  • K-12 Education LOIs are due between September 16-October 1, 2019, with an ultimate funding decision in March 2020.
  • Arts LOIs are due between March 15-April 1, 2019, with an ultimate funding decision in September 2019.

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

  • Student Student Learning and Success: The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation has a longstanding commitment to youth education. We focus this grantmaking on two areas: K-12 education and Arts education. In both areas, the foundation makes grants to help children, especially those in underserved communities, acquire the knowledge, skills, and behaviors they need to succeed in school, career pathways, and life. We make grants to organizations located in and serving students in Chatham, Durham, Orange, and Wake Counties in North Carolina.

  • The Arts: The arts are essential to strong, vibrant communities. A dynamic cultural sector is a catalyst for growth, attracting and retaining businesses and visitors. They strengthen neighborhoods and communities by preserving the culture and memories of specific places and have a positive impact on health and well-being. The arts provide spaces to allow people from different backgrounds to engage with one another and opportunities to build community. Perhaps most importantly, they offer personal enjoyment to individuals, groups, and families, and give voice to the human condition. The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation focuses its arts grantmaking on efforts that strengthen arts organizations, encourage collaboration, and nurture artistic talent.

Eligibility Requirements

Please see specific institutional and project eligibility criteria under the Student Success and Learning Program and the Arts Program.

Organizations may have only active 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.

Ineligible requests:

  • Support for ongoing projects or programs. Projects that have been operating for 5 or more years are considered ongoing.
  • Capital requests: construction, renovation, or purchase of a building; endowments. Grants for equipment are rarely made.
  • Grants to individuals.
  • Projects that begin before the funding decision will be made.

Amount

$10,000

Amount Description

The maximum grant is $10,000.

Funding Type

Award
Grant

Eligibility

Faculty

Category

Arts & Humanities
Community Outreach and Engagement
Social Sciences

External Deadline

October 1, 2019