The Duke Endowment: Health Care Grant

The Duke Endowment

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Grant amount: Up to US $1,500,000

Next deadline: Dec 15, 2019

Later deadlines: Jun 15, 2020

Applicant type: Hospital / Clinic

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: North Carolina, South Carolina

Location of residency: North Carolina, South Carolina

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About this funder:



Since 1924, The Duke Endowment has worked to help people and strengthen communities in North Carolina and South Carolina by nurturing children, promoting health, educating minds and enriching spirits.

Program Area: Health Care

As the health care field continues to evolve into a comprehensive, service-delivery system and as advancements in medicine and medical education allow people with chronic diseases to live longer lives, a variety of barriers to health remain. We aim to remove those barriers and improve the lives of individuals in North Carolina and South Carolina.

We seek to accomplish lasting change by working to expand prevention and early intervention programs, to improve the quality and safety of services, and to increase access to care.

Areas of Work and Funding Priorities

In Health Care, we focus our work in three main areas:

Quality and Safety of Care 

In today’s health care environment, improving quality and safety of care must focus on innovative ways of delivery that are high quality and affordable. Grant requests should aim to improve outcomes for patients and reduce costs. 

Examples of our work focused on Quality and Safety of Care, include:

Access to Care

Improving access to health care services improved quality of life and health status for all individuals. Funding community-based networks of care that improve access to primary and specialty care for the low-income, uninsured to have access to coordinated care is a priority. In addition, we will consider requests focused on: 

  • Expanding the primary care workforce in under-represented or rural, disadvantaged communities
  • Developing new models of workforce training

Examples of our work focused on Access to Care, include:


Grant requests that seek opportunities to deploy strategies aimed at preventing chronic disease and improving the health of communities will be considered. Collaborative efforts between health care and public health systems that measurably improve the health of defined populations are encouraged. 

Examples of our work focused on Access to Care, include:

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Eligibility for Health Care Grants
    • In his Indenture of Trust, our founder restricted Health Care funding to specific organizations.
    • Only the following may apply for a grant:
      • Not-for-profit hospitals
      • Academic health centers
      • Area health education centers
      • Select organizations in counties without an eligible hospital
      • Not-for-profit inpatient long-term care facilities


  • The following are ineligible for funding:
    • Individuals
    • Organizations without a presence in North Carolina or South Carolina
    • Organizations with any legal status other than 501(c)(3)
    • Organizations that focus on areas other than child care, health care, or rural churches
    • Institutions of higher education other than Davidson College, Duke University, Furman University and Johnson C. Smith University