If you are a new applicant to the Dodge Foundation, please read through the following steps to understand how our process works.
If you are a new applicant to the Dodge Foundation, you should read and become familiar with our guidelines and restrictions. All applicants must be a 501(c)(3) or a public entity to apply.
Dodge invites organizations that feel they might fit within our guidelines to inquire about the possibility of funding through our online letter of inquiry form, due one month prior to the proposal deadline.
Please note that current grantees do not need to submit this form.
You will receive an automatic acknowledgement of receipt and your inquiry will be directed to the appropriate staff for review.
The Foundation will notify you within two weeks of the application deadline whether you will be invited to submit a full proposal or if we are unable to consider your funding request at this time.
Only applicants invited to apply may submit a proposal through our online system. Our Application Overview provides you with an outline of the questions you will be asked to answer and the documentation you must include.
Once you start filling out your online proposal, you will be able to save it and return to it at any time.
Please note: We are currently reviewing our 2017 application. Applicants planning to submit a proposal in our Dec. 1 funding cycle should not yet begin the process.
Dodge staff collaboratively review and discuss all proposals once they have been submitted, and we may schedule a meeting with you to learn more about your proposal.
If we determine early in our review process that your proposal will not be funded, we try to notify you as soon as possible.
Each grant making cycle lasts 3-4 months, which allows us enough time to carefully review more than 100 proposals per cycle. Funding determinations are made at our Board meetings, and notifications are sent as soon as possible afterward.
Explore and research the Dodge Foundation’s recent grants with our easy-to-use grants directory. Learn More
From sample governance policies to the new 990, you can find a variety of resources and materials from our workshops in our ever-expanding library.
Need help strengthening your Board? Struggling with your organization's communications? Dodge's Technical Assistance workshops are here to help you grow and thrive as a nonprofit organization.
Looking for a place to host a meeting or a workshop? Dodge has two conference rooms available to current grantees free of charge and to other groups for a modest fee.
Did you know? Scholarships are available for a number of services provided by Dodge partners, including legal assistance, financial consultations, nonprofit crisis management advice, and a variety of educational workshops.