Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Herbert and Grace Dow Foundation

The Herbert and Grace Dow Foundation, while limited in its grantmaking to organizations within Michigan, has charter goals to improve the educational, religious, economic and cultural lives of Michigan's people as those needs can be defined in a world which constantly presents new or different challenges and opportunities. The Foundation trustees carefully consider proposals submitted, and look for programs where their contribution can be leveraged. Organizations requesting funding for a new program should be sure that they have planned for that program's future self-sufficiency.

Since the needs, desires and capabilities of Michigan's people and their organizations are constantly changing, there can be no fixed or steadfast priority in the Foundation grant making decisions.

There is no formal application form; however, applicants are asked to include the following information in a proposal:
  1. a letter setting forth the nature and potential results of the program for which funding is sought
  2. the total cost of the project including any endowment for operations
  3. the total amount sought from the Foundation, and how and over what period of time the grant may be disbursed, as well any other funding sources being sought for the project
  4. evidence of the organization's tax-exempt status under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3)
  5. a detailed annual organizational budget and audited financial statement for the organization (These should be submitted annually for the duration of the grant.)
  6. the names of management and of the trustees or directors of the organization
Those proposals that pass initial evaluation are referred to the appropriate program committee of the Board of Trustees for full consideration. Trustees may request additional information, make site visits, or invite organizations to meet with them in Midland. The Board meets periodically during the year to make final grant decisions. The Foundation’s usual practice is to disburse grant payments in December.

Grant Applications Should be Submitted in Writing to:

Mrs. Margaret Ann Riecker, President
The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation
1018 West Main Street
Midland, Michigan 48640-4292
email: grants@hhdowfoundation.org

The Herbert and Grace Dow Foundation grants are limited to organizations within Michigan. BETF would be happy to work with BDPA Detroit on a joint grant proposal if there is interest within that chapter.

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