University of Southern California


Doris Duke Charitable Foundation – Building Bridges: Islamic Art

Slots:                                                     1                             

Internal Deadline:                           Contact the Office of Research if interested.

LOI:                                                        September 8, 2017                          

External Deadline:                          December 1, 2017 

Award Information:                        Type:  Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 5-15

Anticipated Amount: $300,000 per grant maximum; $1,750,000 total

Submission Process:                     PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal:

Materials to submit:

Link to Award:                        

Eligibility Information:                 

The organization must have at least three years of professional experience producing or presenting literary-, media- and/or performing arts‐based programs.

Organizations must have annual operating expenses greater than $100,000, of which at least $25,000 is dedicated to professional arts- or media arts-based programming. Organizations that do not meet the budget criteria may partner with another organization that does and can serve as the fiscal sponsor. Similarly, non-arts, social change-focused organizations may partner with arts organizations to apply and vice versa; however, only one organization may submit an application.

Projects and Areas Not Funded


The Building Bridges 2017-18 Grants Program will support planning and implementation of programs or projects that engage U.S.-based Muslim and non-Muslim populations in arts- and culture-based experiences that advance relationships and understanding. Through this approach, the program’s larger aim is to contribute toward a more just civil society and greater well-being among people.

Proposed projects or programs should offer engaging, immersive and interactive experiences that may be conducted in collaboration with other organizations and are tailored to the needs and interests of the specific intended audience(s). There are many ways organizations might design, structure and implement programs or projects that engage U.S.-based Muslim and non-Muslim populations through literary-, media- and/or performing arts-based experiences to foster relationships and understanding between communities. Organizations are encouraged to draw upon their core capabilities, audience knowledge and resources in the creation of their proposals. Competitive projects may include, but are not limited to:

Funded projects must have a start date between March 1, 2018 and December 1, 2018. Projects may take place over a period of one to three years from the start date.

Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.