Non-profits from across the Triangle can apply for Doing Good in the Neighborhood funding through the campaign’s Community Care Fund, which supports the creation of competitive grants. Since the fund was created in 2009, dozens of non-profits have received grants for projects meeting significant community needs. As Duke employee contributions to the Community Care Fund grow, so does the reach and impact of the grant program.


Annual Grant Cycle

The application opens July 1 and the completion deadline is July 31. Applications are reviewed in September, and grants are awarded in October. Final grant reports are completed in July of the following calendar year.

Award Amounts

Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Giving History

Since 2009, the Community Care Fund has awarded more than $600,000 of Duke employee donations to dozens of local non-profits.

Eligibility Criteria

Every spring, we invite our Doing Good in the Neighborhood donors to identify the community issues they would like to see addressed by Community Care Fund proposals. The 2016 themes chosen by our donors were:

  1. Food Access and EducationHelping to ensure all Triangle residents have easy access to
    affordable and nutritious food, and creating a culture of healthy eating.
  2. Education and Child DevelopmentProviding enrichment and learning for Triangle children ages 0 to 18, with a special focus on children living in poverty.
  3. Connecting Youth to OpportunityDeveloping enrichment, employment and training programs to help 15- to 24-year-olds achieve economic resilience and a fulfilling social and civic life.
  4. Affordable HousingEnsuring a vibrant, safe and stable community for Triangle residents of all income levels.
  5. Healthy CommunitiesSupporting health and wellness initiatives that positively promote the physical and mental well-being of individuals and their communities.

All projects and organizations must also meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • The project, key partners and benefits must be located in Durham, Orange or Wake counties.
  • The grant applicant must be a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or must have the consent of a 501(c)(3) organization to serve as fiscal agent. Written confirmation by the 501(c)(3) organization of its willingness to serve as fiscal agent is required. At this time, school systems and parent-teacher or booster organizations may not apply.
  • The proposal must not exclusively benefit Duke University or Duke University Health System employees or students.
  • The proposal must not fund deficit or emergency funding, debt reduction, loan repayment or retirement, or project costs incurred before the effective date of the grant.
  • The proposal must not fund political programs or activities to support, change, lobby, or otherwise influence legislation and/or ballot measures, candidacies for public office, or other political issues.
  • The proposal must not fund any organization that discriminates on the basis of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, or political affiliation. The fund may support organizations and projects that target groups that have been subject to historical discrimination.
  • The proposal must not fund religious activities; however, religious institutions may apply for funding for nonsectarian projects.
  • The proposal must not fund the purchase of real estate or long-term real estate rental(s), lease(s), or sub-lease(s).
  • The proposal must not fund the purchase of alcoholic beverages, or any activity that primarily consists of a banquet or meal.

How to Apply

The 2016 grant period is July 1 – 31. Complete your application through our online grant portal.


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