PROFILE: In New Jersey, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation is a key patron, awarding millions of dollars annually in grants to New Jersey organizations. Over the years, the foundation's grants have supported a variety organizations in its four funding areas: Arts, K-12 Education, Environment and Informed Communities. Colleges and universities in the state play a relatively limited role in its approach, but have occasionally received fuding for efforts aligned with work in the foundation's key areas.
IP TAKE: Dodge doesn't feature a specific higher ed STEM program, but there have been a small number of grants awarded to universities for environmental programs. The foundation accepts unsolicited inquiries, so don't hesitate to reach out to program staff or submit an inquiry online, but keep in mind that the foundation's focus is exclusive to the Garden State.
PROFILE: The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation focuses almost exclusively on the state of New Jersey, with a few rare exceptions. So right off the bat this geographic focus closes the door on a lot of organizations and universities. Though its website states that “major categories of funding as higher education” are excluded from consideration, a range of higher ed institutions have received funding for work that aligns with its key program areas: Arts, Education, Environment and Informed Communities.
In the realm of the Environment, Dodge seeks to promote community empowerment, land stewardship, sustainable agriculture and conservation of the state’s natural resources. To date, a handful of colleges and universities have received funding in this area for projects related to skills development in conservation and institutional collaboration with local organizations.
The foundation's grants each year have often supported the arts, such as through community-based arts projects and economic development programs for artists; K-12 education, particularly for programs involving collaboration with educators in curriculum development or preparing future educators to enter the field; and Informed Communities, which offers grants in “local journalism, government transparency initiatives, and creative community outreach efforts to educate and engage the public around issues of importance to New Jersey” as well as to expose areas of potential corruption.
Eligibility for funding, grant guidelines, and application due dates from Dodge vary by program as well as your status as a new applicant or an existing grantee. For first-time grantseekers, the initial step is to fill out an online inquiry form, after which you may be invited to submit a full proposal.
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