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Paul G. Duke Foundation

Paul G. Duke Foundation


Please note that the application process and deadlines reflect a two-stage Letter of Intent (LOI) process. 


Organizations based in or serving the Miami County area and aligned with the foundation’s mission and interest areas noted below are encouraged to submit a LOI. The LOI form will be available approximately four weeks ahead of the deadline.

Grantmaking Focus


The Duke Foundation’s mission is to be a catalyst to enhance the quality of life in the Miami County area. The Duke Foundation’s grantmaking efforts focus on programs benefiting children, young adults, and families in the Miami County area (includes contiguous counties). Grants are made in the areas of social services, education, health, and the arts, and are made for both general and specific project support, including seed money for innovative programs. The Duke Foundation has frequently made challenge grants for projects to encourage matching gifts or additional funding from other donors.

Grant Application Instructions


Central Ohio Area Applications:

  • The Duke Foundation is no longer accepting grant applications for the central Ohio community; Foundation support for this community is board directed.

Miami County Area Applications:

  • Organizations seeking support for school-year programs are encouraged to apply at the Spring Application Cycle.
  • Organizations seeking support for summer programs are encouraged to apply at the Fall Application Cycle.
  • The first stage for an application is a Letter of Intent (LOI) Form.
  • Only those LOI that best fit the Duke Foundation’s grantmaking interests and are strongly competitive will be forwarded to the second stage of the process, which is submission of a full proposal. The applicants that move to this phase of the proposal process will be notified of the full proposal deadline via email.


  Spring Application Cycle Fall Application Cycle
Stage 1    
Letter of Intent form available March July
Letter of Intent submission deadlines for 2017 April 24 August 1
Notification emails to applicants not being considered for funding Mid-May End of August
Stage 2    
Notification emails to applicants forwarded to full proposal stage Mid-May End of August
Board decisions announced End of July End of October


Examples of Past Grants 


  • The Future Begins Today: to encourage students to plan to attend post-secondary education.
  • Miami County Recovery Council: to support the partnership with the Miami County Heroin Task Force in addressing the opiate epidemic.
  • Troy Main Street: to support the revitalization of downtown Troy.
  • Upper Valley Career Center: to support the creation of a makerspace.

Reporting Requirements


All grantees must complete a Final Report. Final reports are generally due 30 days following the project grant period. Please refer to your grant agreement for the exact deadline date. Please note that if a grantee applies for a new grant from the Paul G. Duke Foundation before an existing grant’s final report deadline, staff will contact the grantee regarding submission of a progress report or early submission of their final report.

Publicity for Approved Grants


The Paul G. Duke Foundation asks all nonprofit organizations receiving funding to help promote the vital role philanthropy plays in strengthening our community, and the importance of charitable giving to your organization’s effort to carry out its mission. The foundation’s logo is available in the Supporting Foundations section in the Toolkit.

Staff Contacts


If you have questions or are experiencing technical problems with your grant application, please contact the Paul G. Duke Foundation at 937/339-3853 or by email.