Office of the Vice President

Kenan-Biddle Partnership

The Kenan-Biddle Partnership, funded by the William R. Kenan Charitable Trust and The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, offers $5,000 grants to accepted project proposals that enhance the intellectual life at both universities by strengthening established or encouraging new collaborations between Duke and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Partnership awards approximately $50,000 in grant funds annually.

Projects must have a student or students who serve as the project initiator. Proposals should be designed to stimulate collaborative arts, sciences and humanities projects between the two universities. The proposal should be specific about the activities and duties the participants would undertake and must include at least one public exhibition, presentation or performance. Preference will be given to proposals made jointly by students from both institutions.

The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust was created in 1965 from the estate of alumnus William R. Kenan, Jr., a member of UNC’s class of 1894. The Kenan family’s ties to UNC date to 1790 when James Kenan, a member of the University’s first Board of Trustees, contributed $50 to the construction of Old East, the nation’s first state university building.  The trust and related Kenan entities and family members were the single largest donor to the University’s last major fundraising drive, the Carolina First Campaign, committing nearly $70 million.

Named for the daughter of Duke University benefactor Benjamin N. Duke, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation’s mission is to further and extend Mrs. Biddle's life-long interests in religious, educational and charitable activities in New York City and the state of North Carolina. Since its inception in 1956, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation has awarded grants totaling approximately $36 million in support of the goals she endorsed and the values she exemplified.

Principal Campus Contacts:

  • Larry Moneta, Vice President for Student Affairs, Duke University (Co-Chair)
  • Carol Tresolini, Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives, UNC-Chapel Hill (Co-Chair)