Kalpesh Shah of Gujarati Darpan (right) introduces Howard Shih (middle) of the Asian American Federation and Kaushik Amin (left) of Radio Dil during a community forum on the Census in Iselin, NJ. The Center for Cooperative Media recently launched its 2020 Census reporting initiative in NJ communities of color.

Announcing Our Final Grants of 2019

Published on Dec. 19, 2019

At their final board meeting of the year, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Trustees approved $1,953,500 million to support New Jersey nonprofit organizations for work in the arts, education, environment, informed communities, and other areas, bringing the total amount awarded in grants this year to more than $8.5 million.  

Dodge Trustees approved 53 grants at the board’s December meeting. They include five totaling $84,500 in Arts, 14 totaling $602,000 in Education, 23 totaling $948,000 in Environment, four totaling $126,000 in informed communities, and eight totaling $275,000 in other areas, including Technical Assistance and Morristown.  

“This has been a year of listening, learning, and transition at Dodge as we have continued to build on our strategic plan and vision for an equitable New Jersey through creative, engaged, sustainable communities,” said Tanuja Dehne, Dodge Foundation president and CEO. “We are excited to share more about our next steps and what we’ve learned developing program-level theories of change in the new year as we begin to embark on a Foundation theory of change.” 

Highlights of the grants awarded in December are below. We invite you to explore full details about our grants in our online grants database. 

  • Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University (Montclair, Essex County): $56,000 project support for New Jersey’s 2020 Census Media Counts, an initiative which will support people-of-color media organizations in New Jersey in developing census outreach and engagement plans.  

  • Community Foundation of South Jersey (Haddonfield, Camden County): $60,000 for administrative support of the Transform South Jersey funder collaborative that will engage five south Jersey communities in the Heart and Soul community engagement process, including $25,000 to support community project directors.  

  • The Fund for New Jersey (Princeton, Mercer County): $100,000 to support the complete count of all New Jerseyans in the 2020 Census by aligning with philanthropic partners to fund a coordinated statewide effort to reach hard-to-count communities.  

  • Humanities Action Lab (Newark, Essex County): $20,000 for the Climates of Inequality: Stories of Environmental Justice, Activating the Arts for a Just Transition in New Jersey, a multimedia participatory storytelling process in environmental justice communities in New Jersey.  

  • New Brunswick Tomorrow (New Brunswick, Middlesex County): $10,000 to support their partnership with coLab Arts and help spark new and build upon artistic programming in the Esperanza neighborhood in New Brunswick with focuses on the arts, community engagement, environment, and student and family engagement. 

  • Trenton Downtown Association (Trenton, Mercer County): $10,000 for project support to advance the launch of the Creek to Canal Creative District.  

  • University of Orange (Orange, Essex County): $20,000 for project support of the Remembering Rosa: Stories and Songs of People’s Power project  

  • Urban League of Essex County (Newark, Essex County): $19,500 for project support of three projects in Fairmount to engage artists and creatives that live in Fairmount to be a force for change in their neighborhood: Windows on Fairmount, Fairmount Art Collective, and Fairmount Art Spaces Plan.  

  • Wind of the Spirit Immigrant Resource Center (Morristown, Morris County): $10,000 to support the Contando Nuestras Historias/Telling Our Stories project, a pilot partnership with the Dodge Poetry Program to amplify the voices and stories of New Jersey’s Latinx immigrant community.  

Dodge typically awards grants three times a year based on the deadlines you can find here 

The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation envisions an equitable New Jersey through creative, engaged, sustainable communities through arts, education, environment, informed communities, and poetry organizations and initiatives which connect communities and influence social change to achieve an equitable New Jersey.