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The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-05-29

At A Glance

The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation

1018 W. Main St.

Midland, MI United States 48640-4292

Telephone: (989) 631-3699


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $493,996,605

Total giving: $24,248,880





Additional Contact Information

Grant application e-mail:


Established in 1936 in MI - Mrs. Dow established the foundation in memory of her husband, Dr. Herbert H. Dow, founder of the Dow Chemical Co. The original trustees of the foundation were Mrs. Dow's five living children.

Purpose and Activities

Support for religious, charitable, scientific, literacy, or educational purposes for the public benefaction of the inhabitants of the city of Midland and of the people of the state of Michigan. Grants largely for education, particularly higher education, community and social services, civic improvement, conservation, scientific research, church support (only in Midland County, MI), and cultural programs; maintains Dow Gardens, a public horticultural garden.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Arts and Culture

The Dow Gardens, the Midland Center for the Arts, and the Hall of Ideas 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 applaud tasteful, creative, innovative programs that expand the general public's artistic and cultural horizons.

Community Life-Midland and Michigan

A major goal of the foundation continues to be the improvement of the quality of life for Midland and Michigan residents. The trustees support programs and projects that add an important dimension to community life, such as the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library, the Midland Community Center, the West Midland Family Center, and the 100 Midland County churches. The foundation affirms the importance of local initiatives, particularly private initiatives, to encourage economic development and promote job creation.


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 is already establishing preeminence.


Since the community of Midland and the base of the foundation's own assets have been the 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.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Community and economic development
  • Education
  • Higher education
  • Human services
  • Libraries
  • Natural resources
  • Science
  • Technology
Population Groups
  • Children and youth

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $493,996,605 (market value)

Gifts received: $5,095

Expenditures: $43,279,534

Total giving: $24,248,880

Qualifying distributions: $26,845,594