Grants at a Glance

How to Get Started

If you are a new applicant to the Dodge Foundation, please read through the following steps to understand how our process works. If you have any questions, you can contact our Grants Manager, RoseAnn DeBois at any time.

  • 1. Read Our Guidelines

    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.

  • 2. Fill Out an Online Inquiry

    If you feel that your organization or project fits within our guidelines, fill out the online inquiry form describing your proposed work. All new applicants must fill out an inquiry first, and Dodge staff will determine whether or not we will invite you to submit a full proposal.

    Inquiries can be submitted at any time, but are due no later than one month before the proposal deadline. Please see our deadlines here.

    Please note that current grantees do not need to submit an online inquiry form. 

  • 3. Wait for a Response From Dodge Staff

    Once we receive your inquiry, program staff will review it to determine whether or not the request falls within our stated guidelines and whether we are accepting new proposals related to your particular area of focus.

    If you are invited to submit a full proposal, we will send you an email with a link to our online application system. If we decline your inquiry, we will notify you as soon as possible.

  • 4. Submit a Proposal

    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.

  • 5. The Proposal Review 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.

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