The Dodge Foundation’s guidelines reflect a continuing evolution of our grantmaking in the areas of the Arts, Education, Environment, and Informed Communities. We also support other programs and initiatives, including poetry, technical assistance, social sector public policy, and give grants 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. 

Click on each of our four program areas below for their guidelines:


Eligibility Requirements

We are currently reviewing our eligibility requirements through the lens of our strategic focus of equity. Please check back for updates, and if you have any questions, please reach out to Dodge program staff or Marisa Benson, our grants manager. 

We currently support 501(c)(3) organizations that make their home in or have a significant impact on New Jersey and that strive to make connections with other organizations, especially Dodge grantees, working in the same community or on complementary issues.

The Dodge Foundation is prohibited from participating in or supporting political activities or attempts to influence action on specific legislation. For effective focus of the Foundation’s resources, Dodge historically has not directly supported awards to individuals; scholarship funds or tuition assistance; funds for capital projects, equipment purchases, and endowment funds; or grants in major categories of funding such as higher education, health, religion, and film.