At its first board meeting of the year, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Trustees approved 57 grants totaling $3.3 million to nonprofit organizations working to strengthen communities in New Jersey.
In Arts, Dodge awarded 28 grants totaling $1,177,500. Five grants totaling $165,000 support the Foundation’s Dance investments and aims to strengthen the state’s dance ecosystem, provide quality opportunities for dancers and choreographers to showcase their work and boost dance education in schools so that students can learn about dance as a form of creative expression. The organizations and dance companies awarded grants in this round include American Repertory Ballet, Carolyn Dorfman Dance, Dance New Jersey, Nimbus Dance Works, and Roxey Ballet Company.
In Education, Dodge awarded two grants totaling $447,500. A $412,500 grant to Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship continues to support Dodge’s partnership between the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and five higher education institutions to create new teacher education programs and fellowship opportunities that prepare Fellows for STEM teaching positions in New Jersey’s high-need school districts.
In Environment, Dodge awarded 24 grants totaling $1,575,000. A $365,000 grant to New Jersey Future supports Jersey Water Works, a collaborative effort of federal, state and local agency officials, utility managers, nonprofit leaders and financial experts working to advance innovative water infrastructure plans and projects. A portion of that grant is also supporting the Build it Green (BIG) Competition, a newly launched designed competition that aims to scale-up financeable, integrated grey and green infrastructure solutions in New Jersey cities with combined sewer systems.
Through its flagship Technical Assistance program and other initiatives, including support of organizations working in its hometown of Morristown, Dodge also awarded more than $75,000 in additional grants.