Education and College & Career Readiness Grants

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Grant Applications

Introduction and Background

The Duke University Doing Good employee giving campaign invites applications from public schools and non-profit organizations offering educational and/or college and career readiness services to young people in Durham County. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis for services and interventions, and funds must be expended by June 30, 2023. This grant is open to publicly-funded school educators (teachers, TAs, interventionists, counselors, principals, etc.) and Durham youth-serving organizations. In order for a proposal to be eligible for grant funding, it must demonstrate a student-centered and equity approach and provide clear rationale for how it is connected to the following categories.

Major Education & College/Career Readiness Areas

Proposed interventions and initiatives must be student-centered, embrace an equity approach to community engagement, and align with at least one of the following focus areas:

  • Effective early childhood learning interventions
  • Learning interventions that promote community and family engagement
  • School-based outdoor learning and dining accommodations
  • Social-emotional supports for students and their wellbeing
  • College and career readiness programming and advising for high school students
  • Skills-based summer programming for high school students
  • Development initiatives for teachers

For this funding round, special consideration will be given to programs, initiatives, and projects that both fall within these areas and that address specific COVID-19 recovery-related needs. Consideration will be given to proposals outside of these categories but otherwise fit into the funding criteria (i.e., student-centered, equity approach, education/college & career readiness).

We encourage applications from educator teams that show the promise of creating school-level systemic change. Educator teams can, but are not required to, include the school principal. Applicants must indicate support from their principal with their proposal. Applications that focus on collaboration among different schools or organizations are encouraged.

Grant Amount

Most awards will be up to $5,000. We ask that you do not allocate more than 10% of your grant request to overhead costs.

Please keep in mind that our office will be facilitating multiple funds and will only be able to distribute one grant per organization or school.

Application Guidelines

The following are submission guidelines to consider for reporting:

  • Proposal Description: Purpose and goals of this project
  • Budget: Estimated break-down of how funds will be used
  • Assessment of Impact: Number of students or families served or other metrics of impact. Who will benefit from this proposal? Who are the populations being served?
  • Ownership: Contact information of up to three key staff who will be implementing project.
  • Proposal Timeline: When will this project be implemented?


Grant applications will be reviewed by a selection committee. Please see below for last year’s dates. This page will be updated with 2023 dates soon.

  • 11/1/22: Applications opens
  • 11/30/22: Deadline for Application submission
  • 12/14/22 -12/16/22: Review of Applications
  • 1/11/23 – 1/13/23: Grantees notified with Agreements
  • 2/1/23 – 2/3/23: Awards distributed to grantees
  • 6/30/23: Deadline for funds to be expended
  • 7/31/23: Deadline for reporting and evaluation submission


Step 1: Please create a new account using the apply button below.

Step 2: Click on “Create New Account” button

Step 3: Find the blue Apply button for Education and Employment Doing Good grants and click on it.

Questions about the process?