2021 Application Overview 

In addition to the proposal narrative questions posed in the 2021 Dodge application, below is an overview of the information applicant organizations will be asked to provide.

We recommend applicants review our Frequently Asked Questions before getting started. 

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Getting started 

Be sure to check our application deadlines. Current grantee applicants should be already registered as a user in the Dodge Grants Portal, a Salesforce-based application. If you need any help with signing in, or are a representative of a newly invited organization, please contact Marisa Benson, grants manager, for more instructions on getting started.  

Once you log in, click on the Explore Grant Opportunities tab, then 2021 Dodge Grant Application, then Create Application, and then you can begin navigating the tabs. Note that some tabs require you to input information before moving to the next. Don't forget to save frequently. 

Navigating organizational information 

  • Identify your application team: Add contact information (salutation, first name, last name, email, team role) for others who should have access to the application  

  • Organization contacts: Add contact information (role, prefix, first name, middle initial, last name, suffix, preferred gender pronouns, title, office phone and extension, cell phone, email, purpose of contact, Foundation email opt-in, Foundation email sharing) for board and staff leadership as well as key grant contacts 

  • Organization details: Legal name, address, mission, background and history, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, level of impact (city, town, regional, statewide, or national), EIN, number of paid full- and part-time staff, year-end close, bank name, bank address, bank account number, bank routing number, bank phone number

  • Financial information: Add financial information a total of three times to summarize your current, next, and last fiscal years. Each record includes: Year, fiscal year, revenue total, expense total, net assets, financial data source, audited statement or 990 projected unaudited financials budget, year end close 

  • Funding sources: Please provide up to five of your top funding sources for the current year. Note: If any of your top funding source amounts are $100 or more, they can be added. Each record includes: Name of source, type of funding (corporate, government, foundation, individual), amount of funding 

Moving into the application for funding  

  • Request overview: Amount requested, type of support, and if project support, total project budget amount 

Responding to narrative questions  

  1. For existing grantees only, please describe the results of the outcomes you projected on your prior year application. Note any changes in what you proposed, opportunities and hurdles you encountered, and partnerships you developed. Highlight any adjustments that were made due to Covid-19. Please refer to your prior application and review the outcomes your organization's staff noted. (Up to 500 words)

  2. Briefly describe the primary activities planned for the next year, including details about the important partnerships and the constituencies you serve. (Up to 500 words) 

  3. List the top three anticipated outcomes you hope to achieve and how you will know if you have achieved them. (Up to 500 words) 

  4. Have you experienced any significant achievements or setbacks we should know about related to your organizational issues? Please highlight any needs. (Up to 500 words) 

  5. Is there anything else you would like us to know? (Up to 500 words) 

Responding to Diversity, Inclusion, and Racial Equity questions 

In 2020, as the dual crises of racial injustice and the COVID-19 pandemic heightened the racial inequities in our systems and policies, Dodge made a commitment to become an actively anti-racist organization. Dodge is continuing to live our vision of an equitable New Jersey through creative, engaged, sustainable communities, and working to adapt our grantmaking, programming, internal operations, and investments to align with our diversity, inclusion, and racial equity goals and strategies. 

For Dodge, equity means aligning our resources to address historical, institutional, and structural impediments so that New Jerseyans of all races and communities have what is needed to realize a quality life. The Foundation supports achieving equity in its many different forms, including but not limited to income, race, gender, disability, and neighborhood. This phase of our work places an emphasis on people and communities of color, and yet equity requires the inclusion of all people and organizations. Therefore, our strategies and processes will include and benefit all of New Jersey and will change and evolve over time. 

We invite you to review Dodge's Equity Framework and Introducing Dodge's Equity Framework, a webinar overview, to further clarify how we at Dodge are thinking about diversity, inclusion, and racial equity. We expect that organizations will be in different stages of learning and implementation. Regardless of if you have not started, are early in the process, or are years into this work, we appreciate your honest reflection.  

We are asking the following questions that reflect Dodge’s Equity Framework to better understand our non-profit applicant organizations, thinking, and approaches relative to diversity, inclusion, and racial equity. 

  1. How is your organization working internally to advance diversity, inclusion, and racial equity? Please include any applicable reflections on the first three focus areas of the Dodge Equity framework: Leadership and Staff Diversity; Equity Goals and Equity Mindset. (Up to 500 words) 

  2. How is your organization working externally to advance diversity, inclusion, and racial equity? Please include any applicable reflections on the focus areas Place Strategy; Community Outcomes; and Systems Impact. (Up to 500 words) 

Identifying geographic communities  

  • Geographic communities: Please provide up to five geographic communities your organization serves. For each enter (except for Statewide) you are required to enter the city, county, municipality and zip code. If your organization's work is statewide, please also include any communities that your organization is doing significant work in and select statewide under the county and municipality fields and leave the city and zip code fields blank for the statewide record. Please add any further description of the geographic communities your organization serves. 

Attaching additional files 

Note: You will need to enter an attachment description prior to uploading each document. 

  1. Two years of detailed organizational budgets (expenses and income) for the last completed fiscal year and the current fiscal year. If you have it, please also include your projected upcoming fiscal year budget. We prefer a side-by-side comparison of the fiscal year budgets in a single document, but you may attach multiple documents if necessary. If your organization is a chapter of a national association or part of a university, please provide financial information that relates to your specific operations. 

  2. Projected Upcoming Fiscal Year Organizational Budget: If you do not yet have your organization's upcoming fiscal year budget, you can upload a placeholder and submit the upcoming budget via email when your organization has completed it. If applying for a specific project, attach a budget for that project. Note: If you have a fiscal agent, keep in mind that this is the project budget, not the fiscal agent's annual operating budget. 

  3. Most Recent Audited or Un-Audited Financial Statement and/or 990.  

  4. List of Trustees: If your organization has a fiscal agent, and a separate board, upload the list of members of the separate board. 

  5. Copy of Voided Check or Bank Statement: This copy of the voided check or banking statement must include the name your organization's bank, the account name, routing number and account number. 

  6. Up to five photos that are representative of your work (optional). You may upload more than one file in this section. Each file can only be uploaded one at a time. Please be sure to include any applicable photo credits. If possible, please put the name of your organization in the title of the photo. Please make sure Dodge has permission to publish the photo on our website or in any Dodge publications. Suggested file types: .jpg, .jpeg, .gif, .png, .pdf 

  7. Other supporting files (optional)

  8. Video Link to Your Organization's Work (optional)