Dow Gives




DowGives is a comprehensive program using the time, talent and resources of The Dow Chemical Company to address important social, economic and environmental needs in the community. In addition to employee volunteerism efforts, this program provides funding opportunities for eligible organizations through Community Youth Grants, Community Project Grants (see below), and Teacher Challenge Grants.


Community Project Grants

Community Project Grants are grants available to community non-profit organizations for projects within the Great Lakes Bay Region that align to education, economic development, environmental stewardship or enrichment and have the ability to produce sustainable benefits for a large number of community members. There are two types of Community Grants, both reviewed twice a year:


Community Donor-Advised Grants (available for requests of $10,000 or less):

These grants are provided by Dow and administered by local community foundations.


Community Impact Grants (available for requests of more than $10,000):

These grants are administered by Dow.


Application Procedure for a Community Donor-Advised Grant

For requests of $10,000 or less, Community Donor-Advised Grants are available by first contacting your local community foundation. The program officer at your local community foundation will perform a preliminary screening over the phone to ensure the organization and the funding request fits the eligibility requirements. Once eligibility is established, a grant application number will be issued and an editable Community Donor-Advised Grant Application will be emailed to the applicant.


Melissa Kesterson Lisa Krause Kendra Kempf
(989) 839-9661 x32 (989) 893-4438 (989) 755-0545


Once the applicant receives a grant application number and grant application, completed applications should be submitted via email by the deadline date (May 1, 2018) to the program officer at your local community foundation.


Application Requirements

Community Donor-Advised Grants must meet the same eligibility criteria as other Dow grants. Learn more about the eligibility criteria.


Requirements (PDF)

Draft Application (PDF)