The Dow Chemical Company Foundation Donor Advised Fund

The Dow Chemical Company Foundation Donor Advised Fund

Requests to The Dow Chemical Company Foundation Donor Advised Fund are for $10,000 or less . The first step in applying is to contact Lisa Bourdon-Krause, Program Officer, at the Bay Area Community Foundation. A preliminary screening over the phone will be used to ensure the organization and the funding request fits the eligibility requirements.  Once eligibility is established, an editable Comunity Donor Advised Grant Application (sample application) will be emailed to the applicant. To be considered eligible to apply:

  • Applicants must be a charitable or non-profit organization with a 501c(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 project must align to one or more of the following Dow Community Success principles:
    • Building the Workforce of Tomorrow
    • Innovating to Solve World or Local Challenges
  • 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.

Grant applications will be reviewed twice per year. Once the applicant receives a grant application, completed applications should be submitted via email by the deadline date to the Foundation.

Grant Application Requirements Document (PDF)

2017 Application Cycles:
Application available: February 1, 2017
Application deadline: March 15, 2017
Notification date: April, 2017

Application available: August 1, 2017
Application deadline: September 15, 2017
Notification date: October, 2017