Grant Eligibility Requirements

Organizations must meet the following criteria to be eligible for a grant:

  • Applicants must be a charitable or non-profit organization with a 501(c)3 designation or eligible government or school with required tax documentation. Note – faith based organizations may qualify, provided their proposed project is for the benefit of the community as a whole rather than just the members of the congregation
  • The organization must reside in the Great Lakes Bay Region and grants must benefit the region
  • The organization must be able to demonstrate it is financially stable
  • The organization has a defined plan to sustain the long-term viability of the project
  • Measures of success are defined in the application to demonstrate project impact in the region; organization agrees to submitting impact data, after one year of project completion
  • The project will impact a large number of citizens in the region and will address a regional need
  • The amount of funding requested must accurately reflect the amount needed to fund the project
  • If additional funding is required to complete the project, the organization will already have the funding sources identified prior to submitting a Dow grant request

Examples of charitable organizations and/or activities that would not qualify for funding include:

  • Projects submitted by for-profit businesses, religious organizations for the sole benefit of the organization, individual sports teams (see Community Youth Grants), political organizations for candidates, labor unions, homeowners’ associations or individuals
  • Operating expenses, personal computers, travel expenses, conferences, advertising, fundraising events, giveaways or prizes, individual scholarships, dues and memberships, or lobbying expenses

And, the project must align to one or more of the Dow Global Citizenship commitments:

Our commitment to “Sparking Sustainable Innovation” seeks to:

  • Prevent leakage, accelerate recycling and catalyze a second life for plastics
  • Discover new ways to use Dow products for social good

Our commitment to “Cultivating Inclusive Leadership” seeks to:

  • Support inclusive leadership
  • Strengthen organizations with the potential to create a more inclusive society

Our commitment to “Developing a ready workforce” seeks to:

  • Build a skilled and diverse manufacturing workforce
  • Create the next generation of diverse chemist and engineers

Our commitment to “Building Resilient Communities” seeks to:

  • Address the most pressing needs within a Dow community