Duke is deeply concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on our neighbors and is providing support through The Duke-Durham Fund. The fund, with an initial commitment of $5 million from Duke, will provide assistance to area non-profits, small businesses, and community-based organizations.


If you are a community member or business that would like to support the Durham community please make monetary gifts directly to the Duke-Durham Fund. Funds go directly to the community in the form of grants to non-profits and small businesses. If you are a Duke University or Duke University Health System employee and would like to support organizations affected by COVID-19, please consider making a monetary gift to the employee giving campaign.





The Duke-Durham Fund – A mission of purposeful partnerships

As Duke works to fulfill its academic and health care missions at a critical time for our campus and broader communities, we remain committed to supporting our neighbors through purposeful partnerships.

In response to COVID-19, Duke pledged to expand the Duke-Durham Fund to provide funding and technical assistance to non-profits, small businesses and community-based organizations affected by the pandemic. Most of the grant recipients are long-standing partners with Duke in our community.

The primary purpose of the Duke-Durham Fund was to address the immediate basic needs of the Durham community in several phases.




Emergency Relief for the Community – provides small grants up to $5,000 to community-based organizations for projects that address immediate, basic needs of food, shelter, and childcare for individuals and families affected by COVID-19. Round 1 is now closed. Rounds 2 and 3 opened on May 27 and closed on June 9 at 5:00 p.m. EST.


The Review Timeline:
The review team will meet and make recommendations by the end of June.

Grantee Notification:
Award letter notifications will begin by the end of June.

Check Disbursement:
The Check Disbursement process begins immediately thereafter notification and commences upon grantees returning signed contracts.

About Emergency Relief for the Community Grants

Duke received 144 applications in round 1 and 82 organizations have been funded for a total of more than $350,000. Total funding available is $1.05 million – one million was committed by Duke and more than $55,000 was raised by the Duke and Durham community.



The Corporate Partnership for Durham – COVID-19 Recovery Fund funded 31 nonprofit organizations providing food, housing, childcare and education for the Durham community through the corporate partnership. Grant applications opened April 23 and closed April 30. Award notifications began on May 27.

Requests for funding were nearly double that of available resources. All funds were awarded by the Corporate Partnership in one round due to the overwhelming requests for support.

About The Corporate Partnership for Durham – COVID-19 Recovery Fund

Part of the Duke-Durham Fund, The Corporate Partnership brought together corporations, Duke University, local government and community leaders to identify and respond to our community’s most vulnerable Durham residents as a result of the pandemic by investing in non-profits responding to immediate COVID-19 Recovery needs. The Fund provided grants up to 75,000 for non-profits that address large-scale, community-wide services related to food security, emergency housing assistance, education, support for healthcare workers, and other emergent issues stemming from COVID-19.

The Fund is hosted and administered by Duke University, which committed $1 million in seed funding. Nearly $400,000 was donated by corporate partners. Grant decisions were made by funders and community representatives.

Read more about how the corporate partnership was formed and its mission.

View a list of corporate partner funded organizations.



The Emergency Relief Fund for Community Organizations in Carteret County may provide grants of up to $5,000 to eligible community organizations for selected projects that address immediate basic needs of food, shelter, and childcare for residents of Carteret County affected by COVID-19. Carteret County is home to the Duke University Marine Lab. Visit the Marine Lab’s website for more information or to apply.




Durham Small Business Recovery Fund

Durham City Council has authorized the establishment of the Durham Small Business Recovery Fund program for small businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund consists of private money for grants and public funds for loans and is currently $2 million, with $1 million each from Duke University and the City. The fund will be held and administered by the Carolina Small Business Development Fund (CSBDF). The application Process Begins June 18.

For more information about the program, visit

We are profoundly grateful to the individuals and businesses that support our work and our partners.

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