Nonprofits Supporting DDNP Neighborhoods

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The Request Form window for 2020-21 is March 23 – April 15, 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.

This $2,500 – $10,000 award is available to area nonprofits who co-create a proposal with DDNP neighborhood association/s. Requests from nonprofits should be approved by and connected to the appropriate neighborhood association/s and directly impact individuals in at least one of the 14 neighborhoods.These neighborhoods include: Burch Avenue, Bragtown, Crest Street, Lakewood Park, Lyon Park, Morehead Hill, Old West Durham, Southside, Trinity Heights, Trinity Park, Tuscaloosa-Lakewood, Walltown, Watts-Hillandale, the West End. We expect for these proposals to be in line with the needs of the neighborhoods and to have strong communication and connection with the work of the neighborhood associations.


Apply for Funding

Triangle nonprofits can apply for Duke Doing Good funding through the 2021 Nonprofits Supporting DDNP Neighborhoods competitive grant application.

Annual Grant Cycle

The application window for 2020-21 funding is March 23 – April 15, 2021. This year, applications will be reviewed in April and grants decisions will be announced in May.

Award Amounts

Grants range from $2,500 to $10,000.

The fund has approximately $45,000 to expend in these projects and is a one time occurrence.


Eligibility Criteria

In the Summer and Fall of 2020, DCA facilitated a consensus workshop in which partner DDNP neighborhoods associations were invited to participate. Through this consensus work, the neighborhoods identified needs under the following categories: Equity and Justice, Health and Safety, Education, Neighborhood Communication Tools, People First Development, Respect and Preserve History.

Nonprofits are able to submit proposals within those categories that directly impact individuals in one or more of the neighborhoods in the DDNP. We expect for these proposals to be in line with the needs of the neighborhoods and to have strong communication and connection with the work of the neighborhood associations. The RFP was created with an intentional effort to to align with the community identified needs that surfaced during the neighborhood visioning process in order to maximize community driven impact.

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

  • Evidence of 501(c)3 status using a determination letter
  • A W-9 to be completed on the latest version issued by the IRS as found on the www.irs.gov website
  • Must be connected to and approved by impacted neighborhood association(s) in the DDNP (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 be connected to one of the following categories: Equity and Justice, Health and Safety, Education, Neighborhood Communication Tools, People First Development, Respect and Preserve History. These are described by the DDNP neighborhoods as listed above and can be further explored and discussed through conversations with partner DDNP neighborhoods.
  • Must have an active board and regular board meetings
  • Track record of serving individuals and families in the Triangle area with a preference for connection to Durham County
  • The ability to support individuals and families in the midst of COVID-19
  • Impact and reach
  • The project, key partners and benefits must be located in Durham County
  • Request cannot exceed $10,000 but community organizations are encouraged to work collaboratively with neighborhood association’s funding and combine funding for a project. Proposals that include natural collaboration will be prioritized.
  • Funds must be spent by September 1, 2021
  • Funding will not be awarded to reimburse program staff or volunteers for travel mileage.
  • Funding will not be awarded for gift cards or direct payment
  • 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.
  • A maximum of 10% of the budget is permitted for overhead/indirect expenses; at least 90% must go toward direct assistance. 

How to Apply

To apply, please complete the application below. The application deadline is April 15, 2021. Notifications of awards will go out in May and funds will be released in June. Requested funds must be used by September 1, 2021. Report and Evaluation Form due by October 1, 2021.

Open information sessions will be held on Tuesday, March 30, 10:00-11:00am and Thursday, April 1, 2:00-3:00pm. Use this form to sign up for a session and receive the zoom information. Following the sessions a recording of the information session will be available here.


Review Committee

Each grant proposal is reviewed by a small review committee that will use a rubric to score applications. The committee will have one voting representative from the Duke DCA team.

*Please note: Adhering to eligibility criteria is essential. The rubric score guide automatically disqualifies RFPs that are not connected to the 14 DDNP Neighborhoods and their vision.