Workforce Development Fund Grants

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Grant Applications

Introduction and Background

The Duke University Doing Good employee giving campaign invites applications from Durham-based organizations leading career readiness and workforce development initiatives that help close the skills gap and increase the pool of highly qualified individuals, between the ages of 16-24, with skills aligned to Durham businesses’ current and future needs. 

Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis, and funds must be expended by June 30, 2022. In order for a proposal to be eligible for grant funding, it must demonstrate clear rationale related to employment, training, or career readiness in Durham.

We use the same guidelines as the Golden Leaf Foundation workforce development projects:

Projects awarded in this priority area will gather data to support outcomes including:

  • Increase in students completing at least one curriculum program in the area funded.
  • Increase in students completing at least one continuing education course or program in the area funded.
  • Increase in students earning at least one industry/third party certification, license, or other credential (non-academic) in the area funded.
  • Increase in students completing CTE pathways in the area funded.
  • Increase in students participating in work-based learning.
  • Increase in students receiving meaningful exposure and opportunities to explore local career opportunities.

Who May Submit an Application?
Applications must be submitted by an authorized representative of a nonprofit providing the organization’s Employer Identification Number (EIN). Organizations may submit a maximum of one (1) application for 2021-2022 funding.

Grant Amount

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

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 young people 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.

  • 2/11/2022: Applications Due
  • 2/18/2022: Notifications to grantees
  • 3/16/2022: Awards distributed to grantees
  • 6/30/2022: Deadline for funds to be expended
  • 9/1/2022: Deadline for reporting and evaluation submission


Please note that we use a survey platform for this application that does not allow you to save your answers. We suggest that you download the application PDF/Word Doc and fill in your answers to copy & paste before opening the survey. Application can be found here.

Apply online

Application located here

Questions about the application process?