Established in 1956, the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation works to encourage, promote, and nurture the arts and K-12 educational communities in North Carolina’s Chatham, Durham, Orange, and Wake counties. The foundation believes the arts are essential to strong, vibrant communities and a dynamic cultural sector is a catalyst for growth, attracting and retaining businesses and visitors.
To that end, the foundation welcomes applications for its Arts Grant Program. Beginning in 2021, MDBF is shifting most of its grantmaking from project-based support to operating support for organizations aligned with its program funding goals, which include support for cultural organizations that demonstrate artistic excellence and elevate the profile of the Triangle’s arts scenes, both locally and nationally; new, emerging, or grassroots cultural organizations that document, preserve, and/or present the values, spirit, and diversity of the Triangle’s cultural community; and/or arts-focused organizations that work directly with artists to nurture the current and next generations of artists, help them deepen and expand their talent, develop their professional and business skills, and create new works.
Eligible organizations must be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and be located in Chatham, Durham, Orange, or Wake counties, North Carolina. Preference is given to organizations with operating budgets under $300,000.
Before submitting an application, organizations may schedule a phone conversation with the executive director to discuss the opportunity. Pre-application conversations may be scheduled between May 1 and May 31. The proposal application window opens June 1, with proposals due June 15.
See the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.