The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation

In 1936, The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation was established by Mrs. Grace A. Dow, in memory of her husband Dr. Herbert H. Dow, “for religious, charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes for the public benefaction of the inhabitants of the said City of Midland and of the people of the State of Michigan”.

Grace A. Dow Portrait
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Visionary Philosophy

Grants are limited to organizations located in Michigan. The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation Trustees carefully consider proposals submitted and look for programs where their contribution can be leveraged. Organizations requesting funding for a new program should be sure that they have planned for that program’s future self-sufficiency.


Originally established in 1899, as a home for Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow and family, the 110-acre Dow Gardens now welcomes thousands of guests per year. Visitors are invited to leave the pathway and explore the uniquely-designed landscape, take a tour of the historic Pines Home, participate in one of many hands-on educational programs, stroll the nation’s longest canopy walk, and discover beautiful art and music in a relaxed setting.