Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation: Grants for STEM Higher Education

PROFILE: The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation awards millions of dollars in grants annually to New Jersey organizations. The foundation supports a variety organizations in its four funding areas: Arts, K-12 Education, Environment and Informed Communities. Colleges and universities in the state occasionally receive funding for efforts aligned with work in the foundation's key areas.

IP TAKE: Dodge does not feature a specific higher education STEM program, but it has awarded a small number of grants to universities for environmental programs. The foundation accepts unsolicited inquiries, so grantseekers should not hesitate to reach out to program staff or submit an inquiry online. However, keep in mind that the foundation's focus is exclusive to the Garden State.

PROFILE: The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation was created in the 1970s after the death of Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge, the daughter of William Avery Rockefeller, Jr., who helped found Standard Oil. The foundation prioritizes the state of New Jersey and seeks to nurture “leaders, ideas, and institutions which transcend self interest and promote a sustainable future.”  Though its website states that “major categories of funding as higher education” are excluded from consideration, a range of higher education institutions received funding for work that aligns with the foundation’s 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. 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 support 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.”

Eligibility for funding, grant guidelines, and application due dates from Dodge vary by program and depend on grantseekers’ status as new applicant or existing grantee.  For first-time grantseekers, the initial step is to fill out an online inquiry form, after which Dodge may request a full proposal.  

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