The foundation's program staff conducts extensive research to identify gaps or needs that the foundation can address in the fields it supports. Typically, this research leads to the development of a grant "initiative," which supports a set of related grants that advance a specific goal or objective.
Once an initiative is developed, grants are awarded in a variety of ways, including foundation-initiated invitations to apply, re-granting competitions that are administered by service organizations and competitions that are run using request-for-proposal processes. Occasionally, the foundation also supports opportunistic grants that are more broadly related to the programs' missions.
The foundation generally awards multi-year grants that range from $100,000 to $1 million (as illustrated in the Grants Awarded section of this site). The grant-making methods used in each of the initiatives are explained on the program pages, which are updated throughout the year.
Individuals may apply for grants through the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's re-granting programs, which are administered by intermediary organizations. Below you will find information about which programs offer such opportunities.
The Arts Program often awards initiative grants to intermediary nonprofit organizations, which in turn re-grant funding through competitive processes to individual artists in the fields of contemporary dance, jazz, theatre and related interdisciplinary work. To read more about these grant opportunities, please visit the Arts Program's Funding Opportunities page.
The Child Well-being Program does not directly award grants to individuals. Individuals may, at times, seek grants through some of the Child Well-being Program's re-granting programs, such as Chapin Hall's Doris Duke Fellowships for the Promotion of Child Well-Being.
At this time, the Environment Program solely makes grants to nonprofit organizations. Learn more about the Environment Program's approach on its Grant-making Process page.
The Medical Research Program makes grants primarily through peer-reviewed award programs and competitions, which focus their support on the field of clinical research. For additional eligibility criteria, please see each competitive award program listed on the Medical Research Program's Goals and Strategies page.
The Building Bridges Program does not directly fund individuals or singular projects, nor does it conduct funding competitions for individuals through intermediary organizations. To learn more, visit the Building Bridges Program's Grant-making Process page.
AFRICAN HEALTH INITIATIVE
The African Health Initiative does not currently accept grant applications or fund individuals. To learn more, visit the African Health Initiative's Grant-making Process page.
While all Doris Duke Charitable Foundation programs require that grantee organizations be 501(c)(3) tax-exempt entities based in the United States, each program takes a customized approach to its grant-making strategy. Below you'll find additional information about each program's methodology.
The Arts Program funds nonprofit organizations which operate in the fields of jazz, contemporary dance, theatre and related interdisciplinary work. To learn more, visit the Arts Program's Grant-making Process page.
The Child Well-being Program awards grants to 501(c)(3) organizations through a series of invited proposals. Although unsolicited proposals are not being considered at this time, inquiries about future support for projects that fall within the Child Well-being Program's grant-making strategies can be submitted through a letter of inquiry.
The Environment Program awards grants to organizations through a series of invited proposals that help fulfill its mission, and through organizations administering re-granting programs supported by the foundation. Learn more on the Environment Program's Grant-making Process page.
The Medical Research Program makes grants primarily through peer-reviewed award programs and competitions, which focus their support on the field of clinical research. While these grants often fund research conducted by individuals, the direct grant recipient is the associated institution or university. Learn more on the Medical Research Program's Grant-making Process page.
The Building Bridges Program primarily makes grants to support its mission through request for proposal processes and by invitation. To learn more about the program's goal and funding opportunities, visit the Building Bridges Program's Goals and Initiatives page.
AFRICAN HEALTH INITIATIVE
The African Health Initiative does not currently accept grant applications but does make small grants from time to time—all of which are curated by the foundation's staff. To learn more, visit the African Health Initiative's Grant-making Process page.