Child & Family Well-Being Frequently Asked Questions

Child & Family Well-Being Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for Child & Family Well-Being grants?  

Child and Family Well-Being works through accredited organizations and other nonprofit groups in North Carolina and South Carolina in two areas of work:

Prevention and early intervention for at-risk children focuses on replicating evidence-based programs, (such as Incredible Years or Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and building North Carolina and South Carolina’s capacity to implement evidence-based models.

Out-of-home care strives to help the child welfare system improve well-being through better assessment and the exclusive use of high quality providers that offer a range of services during and after care.

What kinds of projects does Child and Family Well-Being fund?

Our funding is divided into three broad categories: 

Replicating success grants reflect the value we place on proven programs and effective practices. Proven programs are those with at least two randomized control trials with results demonstrating effectiveness that have been replicated in a real-world setting. Effective practices are all other programs whose evidence of effectiveness consists of only one randomized control trial, comparison group data, pre- and post-test results or other types of data. As we work to address persistent social problems, expand individual opportunity and provide essential support, we value established approaches with clear records of success and replicable models, including: 

  • Multisystemic Therapy (MST)
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  • Strengthening Families
  • The Incredible Years
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Positive Parenting Program (Triple-P)

Other proven approaches will be considered as well.

Strengthening organizations grants reflect our commitment to building the infrastructure of effective organizations and institutions. In our efforts to improve facilities, systems, management and operations, we are particularly interested in supporting opportunities that show great promise for long-term gains.

Advancing innovation grants reflect our investment in projects that advance innovation when high-achieving, successful models are lacking.

Why does the Endowment only support programs in North Carolina and South Carolina?

We exist to fulfill the legacy of North Carolina industrialist and philanthropist James B. Duke. All grantmaking is guided by an Indenture of Trust in which Mr. Duke set forth specific funding guidelines focused on children, rural churches, health care and higher education in the Carolinas. While our Trustees have full discretion over year-to-year disbursements, all grants must be in accord with the wishes of Mr. Duke that they support lives and communities in North Carolina and South Carolina.

My organization is starting a child care program/early education program/afterschool program. Can we apply for a grant?

Currently, those programs fall outside of our funding areas. 

Does the Endowment make grants to public schools?


How much will the Endowment contribute in a Child and Family Well-Being grant for a capital project?

Such grants typically cannot exceed 5 percent of the total project cost, and 60 percent of funds necessary for the project must already be committed before the Endowment will award a grant.

Our residential facility serves some children from the Carolinas, but we are located in another state. Are we eligible for a grant?

No. In keeping with Mr. Duke’s directions, residential facilities must be located in the Carolinas to be eligible.

We are starting a group home for children. Is it eligible for support?

No. We do not support startups.

Does the Endowment support congregate care?

Yes, in certain circumstances. Candidates must be a quality agency as evidenced by:  

  • A diverse array of services (i.e. early/intervention or prevention, family foster care, therapeutic foster care, independent living, post-care supportive services.)
  • A model of care (Teaching Family, Sanctuary, CARE) or evidence-based model (i.e., Multisystemic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy) 
  • Accreditation by Council on Accreditation and/or the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
  • Tracking outcomes while children are in care and after discharge
  • Providing placement to youth who are aging out of foster care without identified family support, for crisis stabilization or short term treatment 

What types of accreditation does the Endowment require for children’s welfare agencies?

For residential facilities, foster care programs and adoption placement services, we recognize accreditation by the Council on Accreditation or the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

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