Neighborhoods: Community Request 2023

The Request Form window for 2023 is OPEN!

The Office of Durham and Community Affairs intends to support Duke University’s 14 partner neighborhoods with a focus on empowering neighborhood associations and addressing quality of life issues & interests through Doing Good. Neighborhood associations should determine how to best use this one-time allocation of Doing Good funds by using the co-created Visioning Chart.

The Doing Good-Housing & Neighborhoods Fund specifically provides grants to eligible neighborhoods 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. 


Apply for Funding

DDNP Neighborhood Associations can request Duke Doing Good funding through the 2023 Community Request Form. This is based on requests that include partnerships with non-profit organizations. Neighbors can also request funding by completing the 2023 Action Planning Worksheet and submitting to their DDNP staff point of contact.

Annual Grant Cycle

The application window for 2022-2023 funding is now open and will close on Tuesday, January 31, 2023. This year, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting in September, and applicants will be notified of decisions within 6 weeks (30 business days). Recipients must submit final grant reports by June 30, 2023.

Award Amounts

Grants range from $500 to $2500 for projects without partnerships. Requests that include partnerships with non-profit organization, professional artists, legacy partners, and/or multiple neighborhood associations can exceed $2500, depending on the number of individuals impacted and the indicated outcomes of the project(s).


Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility for grants to neighborhood associations will be considered based on the following 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 have evidence of ongoing engagement across multiple demographics (EX: including elders and youth, including new and legacy residents, including homeowners and tenants)
  • Must have decision-making body within Neighborhood Association that consists of at least three people who are unrelated and in different households.
  • Must complete the Neighborhood Action Planning Worksheet (see template in application)
  • Must address identified needs under at least one of the following categories: Equity and Justice, Health and Safety, Education, Neighborhood Communication Tools, People First Development, Respect and Preserve History. 

Additional Criteria for grants to neighborhood associations with partners:

  • Must have evidence of status (professional work using reference to physical or digital portfolio for artist, 501(c)3 determination letter for nonprofit 
  • Must be able to provide some kind of invoice or letter that explains scope of work, including cost for services rendered 
  • Must submit a W9 to be completed on the latest version issued by the IRS as found on the www.irs.gov website

Grant Amounts & Partnership Opportunities

Requests from neighbors who choose to work only within their respective neighborhood (without other partners) should range from $500 to $2500. Requests that include partnerships with non-profit organizations, professional artists, legacy partners, and/or multiple neighborhood associations can exceed $2500, depending on the number of individuals impacted and the indicated outcomes of the project (s). Generally speaking, requests with one or more collaborations will be prioritized and given additional consideration for higher award amounts.

In accordance with efforts to address DDNP infrastructure priorities, as referenced in the Strategic Community Impact Plan, neighborhoods are strongly encouraged to work creatively with local professional artists and area arts organizations, with legacy nonprofit partners who are working closely with and making positive impact on neighbors, and/or with other fellow partner neighborhood associations. The intention here is to maximize community-driven impact, nurturing broader infrastructural development (arts, transit, environmental sustainability, and more) while also remaining aligned with the community identified categories that surfaced during the 2020 neighborhood visioning process.

Process

Each neighborhood association can identify up to three distinct projects in their request in alignment with the aforementioned categories and is encouraged to work with local professional artists and legacy nonprofit partners. Neighbors should work amongst themselves and with partners accordingly to complete the Action Planning Worksheet and submit accordingly (either to DDNP staff member or through Foundant). Once awarded, neighborhood associations can decide to have funds set aside and dispersed directly to vendors by the Duke Office of Durham and Community Affairs upon request to staff or to have funds dispersed directly to a professional artist or a registered 501c3 organization upon completion of additional paperwork (W9 form, ICC form, etc.). Neighborhood associations DO NOT have to be registered 501c3s. The intention here is to center inclusivity, allowing DDNP neighborhood associations more equitable access to the Doing Good funds, based on varying levels of capacity and structure.

Grant funds may not be used to:

  • Reimburse travel mileage, gift cards, or direct payment of an individual neighbor
  • Fund any organization that discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, or political affiliation.
  • Support or coordinate religious activities; however, religious institutions may partner with neighborhood associations for nonsectarian projects.

How to Apply

To apply, please complete the brief application below at your earliest convenience — application review will begin no earlier than September 11, 2022. The application deadline is January 31, 2023, and award notification will be provided on a rolling basis as neighborhood associations submit their requests. Requested funds must be used by May 31, 2023. Report and Evaluation Form due by June 30, 2023.