The Child Well-being Program awards grants by directly inviting organizations to submit proposals that are then reviewed by Doris Duke Foundation (DDF) staff and approved by the DDF Board of Trustees. The program supports independent research of individual practitioners in the field through fellowship opportunities administered by intermediary organizations. We have a particular interest in supporting work that bolsters collaborative and culturally, geographically, and locally relevant programs with and for families; for Native American or Alaska Native communities; and for youth in or transitioning out of foster care.
Although unsolicited proposals are rarely funded, inquiries about future support for projects that fall within the Child Well-being Program’s grantmaking strategies can be submitted through a letter of inquiry. Due to the volume of funding inquiries, the Child Well-being Program does not accept funding inquiries over the phone. For more information about our funding strategies, please visit the program’s What We Support section.