Established in 1956, the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation awards grants to help children, especially those in underserved communities, acquire the knowledge, skills, and behaviors they need to succeed in school, a career, and life, with a focus on Chatham, Durham, Orange, and Wake counties in North Carolina.
To help advance this mission, the foundation welcomes applications for its K-12 Education Program. Through the program, MDBF awards grants to organizations that help children in underserved communities acquire the knowledge, skills, and support they need to succeed in school, a career, and life. MDBF defines underserved students as those who lack access to programs, opportunities, or support because of economic conditions, race, or ethnic background, geography, or differing abilities. The foundation is particularly interested in supporting organizations led by people of color and whose boards and staff reflect the population(s) served by the organization.
Funding goals include the following:
Student Success and Learning — Opportunities that promote learning environments that equip underserved students to succeed in college or career. Support for works that strengthens and support academic achievement, closes the academic opportunity gap, prepares students for careers and college, and/or builds a foundation of confidence and creativity so as to foster growth and success. Organizations that provide professional development for teachers are eligible.
Arts Education — Opportunities for underserved students to engage directly in high-quality arts programs. Support for programs that strengthens in-school and out-of-school arts instruction, particularly those in which students actively participate in making art. The foundation encourages opportunities that include culturally affirming arts. Organizations that provide professional development for teachers and teaching artists are eligible.
In 2021, MDBF will be offering two separate types of awards, operating support grants that provide $10,000 a year for up to two years and opportunity grants that provide $5,000 and that are targeted to organizations that have never received a grant from the foundation.
Eligible organizations must be tax exempt as defined by section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or have a fiscal sponsor with such status and be located in Chatham, Durham, Orange, or Wake counties in North Carolina.
The foundation will be hosting pre-LOI application conversions through February 28. The proposal application opens on March 15, with a proposal deadline of April 1, 2021.
See the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.