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2017 Kids Care Grants

Thursday, December 15, 2016
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Each year a portion of the net proceeds from the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals fund raising at Duke is allocated to the Kids Care Fund. This fund awards Kids Care Grants to support patient/family needs, child advocacy programs, entertainment and educational activities directed at the patients and families receiving care at Duke Children’s.

Applications for Kids Care Grants are reviewed by the Kids Care Grant Committee composed of physicians, nurses, allied health personnel, a patient parent and administrators from the Duke Children’s community. The charge to the Committee is to maximize the impact of the funds to ensure that as many patients and families are benefited as possible. Special consideration is given to those meritorious applications for which there is no other obvious source of funding.

Kids Care Grants will be awarded for a period of one year. The maximum amount of an individual grant must not exceed $10,000. All budget requests must be fully justified.  Please note that Kids Care Grants do not support research projects, staff travel, marketing brochures, personnel, CME/Conference fees and patient care expenses.  Requestor must address any health considerations or concerns for the item(s) requested within the application. 

If you want to request funding for research projects, you may apply to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Research Fund at Duke.  Please contact Bridgit Holmes at 919.684.3734 or for information about this process. 

Application Process

The deadline for applications for the next funding cycle for Kids Care Grants is Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at 11:59 pm. If you have questions, please contact Karen McClure. 

  • Each application, including required budget, etc., must be submitted as a single electronic Word file document or PDF to Karen McClure at
  • Multiple files related to one request will not be accepted and will be returned to the requestor.
  • Requestors must also delete the instructions page(s) before submitting the final grant application.

Applications will be reviewed promptly, and the Committee’s decisions will be communicated to all applicants.

Post-Award Kids Care Grant Management

The responsible individual for the awarded applications should contact Tammy Long at or 919.681.6025 for directions regarding the transfer of dollars.

Consideration of future funding will be determined, in part, on the awardee’s fulfillment of the expectations outlined below.

  • At the end of the funding period, the responsible individual must submit a report to the Kids Care Grant Committee that summarizes the accomplishments and impact of the grant and details the amount of any unexpended funds.  (Template will be provided to grant recipients.) This report is important for multiple reasons, including acknowledging our donor support, developing future philanthropic efforts, and for reporting to the national office of CMNH hospitals for donor stewardship.  This impact report will be due January 17, 2018
  • Within 30 days of the award notice, the responsible individual will host a brief meeting or ‘meet and greet’ for their own team with the Pediatrics Development team to learn how they may positively impact the total dollars raised through our Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals program.  Contact Karen McClure to schedule.
  • The responsible individual(s) may be invited to share the impact of their grant on a conference call or in a meeting with CMN Hospitals partners.

If the responsible individual wishes to retain any unexpended funds, the awardee should include a request to use the remainder of the funds and the rationale for this request.  The Kids Care Grant Committee will review this request.  If the Committee feels that continuation of the project is not justified, the unexpended balance will be returned to the Kids Care Fund for redistribution by the Committee at a subsequent funding cycle. Any awarded funds that are unspent 90 days following the end of the grant period will be automatically returned to the Kids Care Fund by the Pediatric Business Office.