Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Invites Letters of Inquiry for National Projects to Strengthen Performing Arts Field
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation‘s
Fund for National Projects supports projects designed to strengthen the
national infrastructure of the professional nonprofit dance, jazz,
presenting, and/or theater fields; or to improve conditions for the
national community of performing artists in professional nonprofit
dance, jazz, and theater.
To be eligible, projects must engage a broad national constituency,
occur once (or periodically) rather than annually, and have the
potential to significantly impact a field.
Organizations are encouraged to submit Letters of Inquiry for
projects such as research assessing the national health of professional
nonprofit arts groups or of individual professional artists; special
national convenings for entire professional nonprofit performing arts
fields (beyond traditional national annual conferences); and special
projects that address unique circumstances that affect an entire
professional nonprofit field. Highest priority will be given to projects
that are designed to improve the health of the DDCF Arts Program’s
priority performing arts fields and do not duplicate ongoing efforts or
The fund expressly does not support the following types of
activities: projects by single performing arts entities (e.g., national
tours of a particular dance or theater work, even if they aspire to be a
national model for others); individually produced conferences,
performances, or symposia (e.g., a festival produced by a single
organization or by a consortia of local groups in a specific city or
locale); re-granting programs; translations or commissions of new works
(even if expected to have national impact); production start-up
activities/production costs; arts education; avocational arts
activities; capital projects; or endowments.
Single nonprofit organizations and consortia are eligible to apply.
From 2009 through 2014, the fund will award a total of up to $1
million in grants ranging from $60,000 to $200,000. Grants cannot exceed
40 percent of a project’s total cost.
Visit the DDCF Web site for complete program guidelines, a tutorial
on the online submission process, and to submit a Letter of Inquiry.