MORRISTOWN, NJ -  Grow it Green Morristown, Morris Museum, and Trust for Public Land were among the 57 first round grants approved by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. The trustees of the foundation approved the grants totaling $2,692,000 to nonprofit organizations whose work in the arts, education, environment and informed communities impact citizens throughout the state for a better New Jersey.

Grow it Green Morristown received $20,000 for general operating support to create sustainable farms and gardens. Grow it Green focuses on healthy eating and environmental stewardship  by providing equal access for fresh, local food in the community.

The Morris Museum received a $40,000 grant in the area of arts to support the museum. In total, 30 organizations received grants to advance community arts, dance, music, theater, and visual arts.

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“These art organizations lead inclusive, collaborative efforts in their communities that seek to engage residents, tourists, artists, and youth in creative opportunities and the exploration of important issues,” said Sharnita C. Johnson, arts program director. “They exemplify the ways in which arts and culture organizations can position themselves as essential community development elements that spur economic development and housing and raise the quality of life for all.”

A $125,000 grant was issued to the Trust for Public Land. The grant will support greener communities in New Jersey through land conservation and urban park development.

“New Jersey’s sustainability and prosperity are linked closely with the quality of our land and water resources, yet the state’s natural resources and ecosystems are under increasing threat from development, pollution, and climate change,” said Margaret Waldock, environment program director. “We believe that community- and watershed-scale conservation and restoration that informs and engages the public and decision-makers can influence public policy and practice to protect the environment.”

 “While the tone and tenor of the national debate on issues and legislation of the day are still rancorous and polarized, a bright spot is how New Jersey residents are becoming more engaged with each other and with their communities,” said Chris Daggett, Dodge Foundation president and CEO. “In these uncertain times, it is important for nonprofits and the philanthropic sector to think creatively and work together to give voice and agency to all residents in our communities, especially the most marginalized. Dodge remains committed to investments in New Jersey that have community impact, that deepen the connections between individuals and institutions, and that increase civic engagement.”

To see the full list of grant recipients; click HERE