what we support

what we support

Our Areas of Support


Arts and Culture

Accessible arts and culture are key contributors to a vibrant, growing community. Arts and culture inspire, bring people together, and provide daily demonstrations and reminders of the joys of living in a diverse community.

Arts Services, Cultural Awareness, Folk Arts, Historical Activities, Humanities, Libraries, Museums, Parks and Trails, Performing Arts, Public Arts, Visual Arts


Education is any community’s strongest tool for helping people to grow, improve their lives, and thrive. And when both children and adults have access to high-quality education — both formal and informal — the whole community thrives.

Adult Education, Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, Higher or Graduate Education, Equal Opportunity in Education, Literacy, Outdoor Education, Vocational or Professional Education


Access to quality services for promoting and preserving mental and physical health is fundamentally important to realizing a greater Durham area where people’s lives are enriched and improved. And when quality health care is also paired with activities that increase people’s own efforts at protecting health, you have a prescription for long-term community vigor.

Health Care Access, Health Care Quality, Medical Support Services, Mental Health Care, Nursing Care, Public Health, Reproductive Health Care, Specialty Medical Care

Human Services

Human Services programs are critically important for helping people fulfill core human needs — accomplishing basic life skills, envisioning and achieving success for themselves and their families, and accessing support during challenging life moments. We all have need of assistance from time to time, so it’s important to broadly aid human services organizations in the Durham area.

Abuse Prevention, Basic and Emergency Aid, Economic Development, Employment or Job Services, Family Services, Housing Development, Shelter and Residential Care, Youth Development, Legal Services

Page image, top: Museum of Life and Science.

Our Grant Strategies

  • flexible, unrestricted funding that nonprofits can use however is needed to advance their missions
  • applicants may apply for up to three years of funding
  • restricted funding that nonprofits can apply to organizational development activities; new or updated infrastructure (e.g., technology, equipment, facility upgrades); or capital projects
  • applicants may apply for up to three years of funding
  • restricted funding that nonprofits can apply to one-time and short-term urgent and/or unexpected needs (i.e., not an ongoing need)
  • typically, one year of funding but may be multi-year if necessary
  • retroactive funding may be available if costs must be incurred after an application is submitted but before an award decision is made
  • funding for general operating support; capacity & infrastructure projects; or practical needs for two or more organizations working together toward a shared purpose
  • at least one of the partner organizations must be a prior or current grantee of Fox Family Foundation
  • exceptional (uncommon) funding that falls outside of the Foundation’s general grantmaking preferences, emphasis, and/or funding areas
  • applicants will be notified if they should apply under this category

All grants may be used for a challenge campaign or to meet another funder’s match requirement.