DDNP Neighborhoods

Community members in a large classroom during a visioning session
*Update on 3/25/20: The application window has been extended to April 15, 2021*

The Request Form window for 2020-21 is February 23 – April 1, 2021.

Neighborhood funds are intended to support the Duke Durham Neighborhood Partnership (DDNP) neighborhood associations by improving quality of life through a focus on affordable housing and economic development.

Neighborhood associations should determine how to best use this one-time allocation by using the 2020 Visioning Consensus Chart.  The Neighborhood Fund provides grants of up to $2,500 to eligible community organizations for selected projects that address identified needs under the following categories: Equity and Justice, Health and Safety, Education, Neighborhood Communication Tools, People First Development, Respect and Preserve History.  

While ‘People First Development’ has been identified as the focus for large group discussions, we expect that neighborhoods may have project proposals that fall outside that top priority area. If approved for funding, check-ins with the contacts of each project will be conducted to ensure they are on track. 


Apply for Funding

DDNP Neighborhood Associations can request Duke Doing Good funding through the 2021 Community Request Form.

Annual Grant Cycle

The application window for 2020-21 funding will be February 3 – March 5, 2021. This year, applications will be reviewed in March and grants decisions will be announced in April.

Award Amounts

Grants range from $500 to $2,500.


Eligibility Criteria

The request form was created with an intentional efforts to to align with the community identified needs that surfaced during the neighborhood visioning process to maximize community driven impact. Neighborhood Associations DO NOT have to be registered 501c3s. In recognition that associations are volunteer led organizations that often do not have the need or capacity to necessitate that level of structure, these funds will be dispersed directly to vendors by the Duke Office of Durham and Community Affairs. The goal is to center inclusivity and access and allow all DDNP neighborhood communities equal access to the fund. 

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

  • Must be a DDNP Neighborhood (Burch Avenue, Bragtown, Crest Street, Lakewood Park, Lyon Park, Morehead Hill, Old West Durham, Southside, Trinity Heights, Trinity Park, Tuscaloosa-Lakewood, Walltown, Watts-Hillandale, West End)
  • Must submit the Neighborhood Action Planning Worksheet fully filled out.
  • Funds must address identified needs under the following categories: Equity and Justice, Health and Safety, Education, Neighborhood Communication Tools, People First Development, Respect and Preserve History. 
  • Neighborhood Association must have an organized group with leadership and regular meetings.
  • Requested funds must be approved and voted on by the neighborhood association executive team. It is encouraged to also include the general association in a vote if timing allows.The proposal must not fund religious activities; however, religious institutions may apply for funding for nonsectarian projects.
  • Requests cannot exceed $2,500 but neighborhoods are strongly encouraged to work collaboratively with one another and/or with area nonprofits who have access to grants through a small neighborhoods nonprofit fund. Proposals that include natural collaborations will be prioritized.
  • Neighborhood leadership should be present in DDNP regular quarterly meetings.
  • Neighborhoods can identify up to three distinct projects in the proposal
  • Funds must be spent by September 1, 2021
  • Funding will not be awarded to reimburse program staff or volunteers for travel mileage.
  • 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.

How to Apply

To apply, please complete the brief application below. The application deadline is April 1 and notification will be provided on a rolling basis as neighborhood associations submit their requests. Requested funds must be used by September 1, 2021. Report and Evaluation Form due by October 1, 2021.