Applying for Grants


…human life has no boundries provided it recognizes the wonderful and beautiful potentialities of the individual human being.

Alden B. Dow


The Alden and Vada Dow Family Foundations support organizations that are tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code and are not classified as private foundations under section 509(a) of the Code. Organizations may also submit proposals through a sponsoring organization, if the sponsor has 501(c)(3) status, is not a private foundation under 509(a) and provides written authorization confirming its willingness to act as a fiscal sponsor. We do not award grants to individuals.

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The Alden and Vada Dow Family Foundations’ priority and focus for funding grants are for the following program areas:

  • programs in the areas of health and human services, the arts, education, the environment, and civic and community
  • non-profit organizations located in Michigan only, with focus on the Midland/Bay/Saginaw area and areas north
  •  support for operations

Grantmaking Timetable

The Alden and Vada Dow Family Foundations have two funding cycles each year. We ask that all proposals be fully submitted to us by February 15 for consideration during the spring cycle, and by August 15 for consideration during the fall cycle. We will respond by letter to all proposals or inquiries and will inform you whether your organization has or has not been awarded a grant.  Please note that we cannot award grants to all organizations that send us a proposal. Organizations may only receive one grant within a twelve-month period.


If you have questions please address your correspondence to:

Daria Potts, Grants Coordinator
Alden and Vada Dow Family Foundations
315 Post Street
Midland, MI 48640

Phone: (989) 839-2744
Fax: (989) 839-2611