Announcing Our First Grants of 2015
The Trustees of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation recently approved 63 grants totaling more than $3.4 million to support nonprofit organizations in New Jersey dedicated to building creative, sustainable, and informed communities.
“A better New Jersey begins with the people who make each place unique,” said Chris Daggett, Dodge Foundation President and CEO. “At Dodge, the nonprofits we support are dedicated to improving the quality of life for everyone by putting community first. We believe that by working together we can address the complex challenges before us with creativity and innovation to build a better state. ”
The Dodge Foundation awards grants three times a year to arts, education, environment, and media nonprofits. Grant announcements will also be made in July and December.
The majority of grants approved at the March meeting of the Trustees support arts and environment nonprofits. Additional grants awarded support the Foundation’s Morristown, Public Policy and Technical Assistance initiatives.
In Arts, Dodge awarded 31 grants totaling more than $1.3 million to strengthen arts and cultural nonprofits that foster connections between people and art within their communities, inspire the next generation of artists and art, and add to New Jersey’s creative economy. The grants include:
- $70,000 to New Jersey Repertory Company for general operating support of its season of six world-premieres and 20 developmental readings;
- $50,000 to Symphony in C for general operating support of its Professional Development Internship Program and Music Matters! Education Outreach Programs;
- $40,000 to Valley Arts for general operating support of its efforts to strengthen artistic programs in the Valley and to launch pilot programs in other Orange neighborhoods and schools;
- $50,000 to Carolyn Dorfman Dance for general operating support of its performance season and community outreach programming; and
- $50,000 to Creative Capital Foundation to bring career-building professional development opportunities to artists in New Jersey through a Blended Learning Program delivered via an online platform.
While a majority of Education grants will be made later in the year, Dodge awarded three grants to nonprofits that develop effective school leaders and teachers and that promote the transformative power of arts education through the development of public policies, advocacy, and the creation of model arts education programs, particularly in high-needs districts. The grants include:
- $375,000 to Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation to support the partnership between the Foundation and five higher education partner institutions to create new teacher education programs and fellowship opportunities that prepare Fellows for teaching positions in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in New Jersey’s high-need school districts.
In Environment, Dodge awarded 25 grants totaling nearly $1.59 million to nonprofits striving to create healthy watersheds, green cities, local food networks and a broad commitment to environmental stewardship in New Jersey. The grants include:
- $250,000 to New Jersey Future supports its Urban Waters Solutions Initiative, a collaborative stakeholder group working to advance innovative stormwater management solutions to deal with long-standing pollution problems in communities with combined sewer systems.
- $50,000 to Cooper’s Ferry Partnership to support Camden SMART, a community-driven initiative to improve neighborhoods and address hazardous environmental exposure from combined sewer overflows in Camden;
- $50,000 to Student Conservation Association to support the NJ Park and Watershed Conservation Stewardship Program, which connects local high school youth to local communities to implement on the ground park restoration projects and engage in job readiness training;
- $90,000 to Greater Newark Conservancy to improve the quality of life in New Jersey's urban communities through education, greening and gardening, job training, and environmental justice programs; and
- $140,000 to the New Jersey Conservation Foundation to preserve and protect New Jersey’s highest priority conservation lands through stewardship, acquisition, advocacy and education.
- $20,000 to Grow It Green Morristown to support expansion of existing staff from part-time to full-time to fulfill the upcoming growth of the Early Street Community Garden and increased programming at the Urban Farm, and efforts to increase GIGM's donor base. (Morristown, Morris County)
- $25,000 to Council of New Jersey Grantmakers to support the office of the Newark Philanthropic Liaison in improving Newark through the collaboration of grantmakers and government partners.
- $25,000 to Center for Non-Profit Corporations for general support of the Center's work to strengthen New Jersey's non-profit community, with special emphasis on advocacy, public information and educational activities.