Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation Grant

The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit Government Entity

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Michigan

Location of residency: Michigan

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The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation 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 can only make grants to 501(c)(3) or governmental organizations located in Michigan. 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.

Program Priorities
Since the needs, desires and capabilities of Michigan's people and their organizations are constantly changing, there is no fixed or steadfast priority in the Foundation grant making decisions. However, within its charter and philosophy the trustees tend to support organizations that:

  • Have clearly stated objectives, strong and purposeful management and are publicly accountable.
  • Have needs which are in areas not normally funded by governmental or public financing.
  • Are not hesitant to explore, initiate, volunteer, or execute original ideas or concepts.
  • Are willing to collaborate with other persons or organizations to give synergy to achieve a common objective or goal.
  • Have purposes which tend to advance private enterprise and the preservation of a free, open and self-resourceful society.

Program Examples


The Foundation is always interested in improving the quality of education at Michigan's academic institutions, particularly in those specific areas where a given institution already is establishing preeminence.


Since the community of Midland and the base of the Foundation's assets have been products of scientific achievement, the trustees seek to encourage projects that include advanced research and new applications of science and/or technology. The Foundation is currently involved with the Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative which is aimed at environmental improvement that is consistent with community growth.

Arts and Culture 

The Dow Gardens, the Midland Center for the Arts, and the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art are programs and projects that the Foundation champions and supports. Art-related activities that explore or promote the interrelation of science and art are encouraged. The trustees particularly enjoy supporting tasteful, creative, and innovative programs that expand the general public's art and cultural horizons.

Community Life – Midland and Michigan

To improve the quality of life for Midland and Michigan residents continues to be a major goal of the Foundation. The Trustees support programs and projects that add an important dimension to community life, such as the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library, the Greater Midland Community Centers, Inc., the West Midland Family Center, and the 99 Midland County churches. The Foundation affirms the importance of local initiatives, particularly private initiatives, which encourage economic development and promote job creation. 

Program Notes

Both in Midland and in Michigan, the trustees look for opportunities where a grant of seed money or a matching grant will stimulate broad public participation in an artistic, recreational, educational or cultural project so that the project can become self-sustaining. Projects that benefit youngsters or senior citizens are of special interest. If a program needs launching or requires changes, the Foundation may help. Requests for general support money for ongoing programs are more properly directed to other organizations of broad public benefit.

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  • The Foundation can only make grants to 501(c)(3) or governmental organizations located in Michigan.


  • The Foundation does not make grants directly to individuals.
  • In addition, it cannot legally support:
    • Organizations to which contributions are not tax deductible, according to Internal Revenue Service regulations.
    • Organizations that practice discrimination by race, sex, creed, age or national origin.
    • Political organizations or organizations whose purposes are to influence legislation.

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