New Applicants

Review Our Guidelines

The Dodge Foundation’s 2014 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 as well, particularly as they support our areas of focus.

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.

Please review our guidelines in full here.

How to Initiate a Request for Funding (Online Letter of Inquiry Form)

All new applicants must fill out the Foundation’s electronic Letter of Inquiry form. The Letter of Inquiry enables staff to determine whether a project falls within the Foundation’s guidelines. Letters of Inquiry may be submitted throughout the year, but must be received at least one month prior to the corresponding proposal submission deadline.

All applicants must either have 501(c)(3) status under the Internal Revenue Code, or be a public entity.

Click here to fill out the online Letter of Inquiry form.

2014 Due Dates

Letter of InquiryProposal Notification
November 1, 2013 December 2, 2013 April 2014
February 3, 2014 March 3, 2014 July 2014
July 15, 2014 August 29, 2014 December 2014

For New Applicants Who Have Been Invited to Apply

You will receive an email inviting your organization to submit a full proposal along with a link allowing access to our online application system.

Application Overview

In order to help you submit your proposal to the Dodge Foundation through the online application process, our Application Overview outlines the questions you will be asked to respond to. Click here for the Overview. 

Return to Your Saved Application or Check the Status of Your Submitted Application

If you are a current grantee with an application in progress or you have already submitted an application, please click here to resume processing your saved application or to check the status of your submitted application.

Need Help?

If you have general questions regarding our guidelines or the application process, please contact our Grants Manager RoseAnn DeBois.


A Note to New Applicants

Applying for funding is a highly competitive process. We receive several hundred Letters of Inquiry and proposals each year, and submitting an LOI 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 in our guidelines, we frequently decline Letters of Inquiry that duplicate work we are already funding.

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Check the Status of Your Application

Click here to return to a saved application (an application in progress) or to access any other items in your account.

If you experience technical difficulties while submitting your application, please contact our Director of Technology, Hesham Tamraz.

If you have general questions about applying, please contact RoseAnn DeBois.