Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation: Grants for Higher Education

OVERVIEW: The Geraldine Dodge Foundation supports a variety of New Jersey-based organizations in arts, K-12 education,environment and informed communities. 

IP TAKE: Dodge prefers a broad-based approach to its higher education funding; however, higher education grants are available through all four of its grantmaking programs. Grantseekers should note that Dodge largely funds organizations in New Jersey. While it funds organizations beyond NJ on occasion, it has not done so in several years. The foundation accepts unsolicited inquiries, so grantseekers should consider contacting program staff or submit an inquiry online.

PROFILE: For the past forty years, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation has almost exclusively funded organizations in New Jersey with a few rare exceptions. The foundation believes that "philanthropy includes not only providing resources, but also connecting leaders across sectors, sharing expertise, and promoting collaboration to help build movements for change around important issues." The foundation funds ArtsEducationEnvironment and Informed Communities initiatives that are innovative and promote collaboration and community-driven decision making. 

While Dodge features a dedicated education program, it supports higher education through all of its programs. Indeed, many of its higher education grants support the arts  For instance, Dodge's traditional arts program, which funds community-based arts projects and economic development programs for artists, has also supported an array of colleges and universities. Dodge most commonly funds access and capacity building (generally less than $25,000). Similarly, Dodge's education program funds several colleges and universities which have collaborated with K-12 educators in curriculum development or preparing future educators to enter the field. Dodge also supports higher education through its environment program, which supports skills development in conservation and institutional collaboration with local organizations. 

Eligibility for funding, grant guidelines, and application due dates from Dodge vary by program as well as whether a grantseekers is a new applicant or already a grantee.  For first-time grantseekers, the initial step is to fill out an online inquiry form, after which they may be invited to submit a full proposal.  


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