Grant Guidelines

The Dodge Foundation’s guidelines reflect a continuing evolution of our grantmaking in the areas of the Arts, Education, Environment and Media. We take an active interest in Public Policy initiatives, particularly as they support our areas of focus, and support nonprofits in our home community of Morristown. 

Funding priority will be given to applicants who meet multiple criteria, either under a single category or across all of the Foundation’s guidelines.

Though we are open to the best thinking and models anywhere that might be applied to the challenges we face in New Jersey, our focus is on funding organizations based here, as well as projects with a direct and substantial impact on this state. We invite proposals for general operating or project-specific support from organizations that:

Click on the program below to go its guidelines:



In order to be eligible for funding, an organization must:

  • Be a 501(c)(3) organization that makes its home in or has a significant impact on New Jersey;
  • Demonstrate that it has the administrative and financial capacity to achieve and assess the stated goals of the proposal;
  • Be led by an effective and professional, paid staff;
  • Have a high-functioning board, with an expectation of 100% of its trustees making an annual personal contribution;
  • Strive to make connections with other organizations, especially Dodge grantees, working in the same community or on the same issues.


For effective focus of the Foundation’s resources, it is necessary to exclude from consideration such major categories of funding as higher education, health, religion and film. In addition, support for capital projects, equipment purchases, and endowment funds all are outside of our guidelines. Except for Foundation-based initiatives, we do not support scholarship funds or make direct awards to individuals.

Applying for funding is a highly competitive process. We receive several hundred online inquiries and proposals each year, and submitting an inquiry or a proposal which falls within our guidelines does not guarantee that we will either request or fund a proposal from your organization.

Due to limited resources, we look for projects and programs that will demonstrate excellence and leverage other work we are currently supporting. In addition to the restrictions we list above, we frequently decline Online Inquiries that duplicate work we are already funding.