The Doing Good – Housing & Neighborhoods category supports the community projects of 14 neighborhoods connected via the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership (DDNP). Through a facilitated consensus process, DDNP neighborhood stakeholders first identify their key needs and priorities, highlighting potential opportunities to work cooperatively and partner across neighborhoods. Then, these partner neighbors can create action plans that utilize these donations to coordinate and execute projects aligned with their identified key priorities. Additionally, by organizing within their neighborhood associations and collaborating with other community organizations, partner neighbors are able to be more self-determined, feel a deeper sense of belonging and empowerment, and take steps to generate positive community impact and improve the quality of life of their communities.
Neighborhood Giving Impacts
Our Neighborhood Partnership
Our core partners consist of the 14 neighborhood associations close to Duke’s campus. This collaboration, called the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership (DDNP), grounds our neighborhood and housing work in the experiences of grassroots organizations and Our core partners comprise 14 neighborhoods within the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership (DDNP). This network grounds our neighborhood and housing work in the experiences of individual community members and grassroots organizations. Through a consensus process that occurs every 2-3 years, stakeholders within these neighborhoods identify key needs and priorities that guide our work together. Those key needs and priorities are currently as follows: Cultural Heritage & Preservation, Environmental Justice, Housing Justice, Intra-Community Development, Neighborhood Networking, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Political Activism, Supportive & Safe Communities, and Traffic & Pedestrian Safety.
Funds from the Doing Good – Housing & Neighborhoods category are used by neighborhood association leaders and other community members to coordinate projects that address the aforementioned key needs and priorities.
DDNP Partner Neighborhoods
- Burch Ave*
- Crest Street
- Lakewood Park*
- Lyon Park*
- Morehead Hill*
- Old West Durham*
- Trinity Heights
- Trinity Park*
- Watts Hospital-Hillandale*
- West End*
*Active Neighborhood Associations as of October 2023
DCA defines active neighborhood associations as groups with a decision-making body that consists of at least three people who are unrelated and in different households. They must also have evidence of ongoing engagement across multiple demographics (ex: including elders and youth, new and legacy residents, including homeowners and tenants)
Some neighborhoods do not have active neighborhood association groups. DCA staff continue to support neighborhoods by connecting individuals and offering capacity-building support for those interested in organizing toward collective neighborhood empowerment.
DDNP Neighborhood Fund Impacts, FY21-23
Explore Past Grant Cyles
El Futuro: Therapeutic Garden and Play Space
Utilizing a Doing Good grant, El Futuro and Tuscaloosa Lakewood collaborated to conduct a neighborhood survey that centered immigrant experiences and encouraged residents to share their desires for added features to the community space. As a result, those desires were implemented through an addition of an urban foraging site as well as several community events.
South Ellerbe Creek Greenway Project
Utilizing a Doing Good grant, Ellerbe Creek and Trinity Park collaborated with the NCCU History Department to complete five volunteer ecological restoration days and produce two trail signs featuring stories of African American residents of the watershed.
Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice: Greater West End Oral History Project
Utilizing a Doing Good grant, The Pauli Murray Center, Lyon Park Neighborhood, and West End Neighborhood collected oral histories to save and protect the history of historically marginalized neighbors.
Housing & Neighborhoods: 2024 Community Request Info
This grant application is open October 2, 2023 – February 16, 2024. These funds are intended to support the 14 neighborhoods included in the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership (DDNP) by focusing on key needs and priorities determined in consensus among neighborhood stakeholders.