The Dodge Foundation’s guidelines reflect a continuing evolution of our grantmaking in the areas of the Arts, Education, Environment, and Informed Communities. We have an 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. 

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


Eligibility Requirements

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 or is on a clear path to have that capacity;
  • 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 complementary issues.

What Dodge Does Not Fund:

The Dodge Foundation is prohibited from participating in or supporting political activities or attempts to influence action on specific legislation. In addition, for effective focus of the Foundation’s resources, Dodge does not provide the following:

  • Grants in major categories of funding such as higher education, health, religion and film
  • Funds for capital projects, equipment purchases, and endowment funds
  • Scholarship funds or tuition assistance
  • Direct awards to individuals