Please note: This program is not currently accepting applications.
Our Mission Grant program is designed to support increased options, elevated awareness, and facilitated access to recovery from alcohol addiction. Our goal is to spark innovation within the field, driving change that will ultimately lead to transformation.
By distributing funds to exemplary non-profit organizations, we work to:
Applications are rated on mission fit, significance or impact of the project, scalability, likelihood of success, strength of organization or team, innovation, and use of best (evidence-based) practices.
Successful applicants are able to demonstrate the need and utility for their work, outline their methods for evaluating outcomes, and address a way forward within the field— for example, developing and measuring new programs that could be used broadly in the future.
PGDF’s grant program provides funds to non-profit, 501(c)(3) organizations within the United States only. PGDF does not give grants to individuals or for-profit businesses or organizations. Proof of tax-exempt status and follow-up reporting is required.
Each grantee is required to submit regular progress reports on their project, including a final report. These reports are carefully reviewed to be sure the objectives of the project are achieved. Whenever possible, PGDF staff visit with grantees during the grant period to see the progression of the work firsthand.
Periodically, we analyze progress reports as a group to assess our overall impact. The results of this analysis are compiled as an Impact Report, which is available to the public.
We also conduct surveys of our grantees and applicants to be sure our methodology is helpful to them and their work.
To date, we have awarded $2.4M as 61 grants to 30 organizations, which have:
· Presented educational events and resources on AUD to the public that reached over 100,000 people
· Funded three innovative pilot studies on novel strategies for treating AUD, opening new areas of scientific inquiry
· Supported AUD-related training and education for an estimated 800 leaders in the addiction field
· Sponsored reduced-cost treatment, referral to treatment, or treatment-enhancing services for approximately 1,000 people
Partnership to End Addiction, New York, NY - PGDF made four annual gifts in support of our four-year partnership, resulting in an innovative grantmaking model that combined technical assistance with funding by embedding PGDF’s co-founder and Executive Director on the Partnership’s staff. This partnership focused on cultivating external partnerships, most notably by establishing a national network of over 250 locally-based nonprofit organizations with members in 43 states.
David Lynch Foundation, New York, NY – PGDF made three annual gifts supporting a Phase III clinical trial testing Transcendental Meditation (TM) as an intervention for PTSD and substance use in veterans.
Center for Motivation and Change: Foundation for Change, New York, NY – PGDF made a gift in support of the Peer-to-Peer Parent Coaching Network. CMC: Foundation for Change provides parents who have volunteered to be Parent Coaches training in evidence-based techniques and prepares them to be live parent coaches for families in need.
Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation (HBFF), Rancho Mirage, CA – Due to the unexpected cancellation of the Primary Care Provider Conference, HBFF and PGDF agreed to reallocate their 2017 grant to fund a major expansion to the online Course in Addiction and Recovery Education (CARE)/Aquifer Addiction, which is offered through the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation to medical, nurse practitioner and physician assistant schools worldwide. The grant will allow six new case studies on alcohol use disorders to be added to the innovative curriculum.
Pinhead Institute, Telluride, CO – In the third year of a three-year commitment, PGDF continued its support of Pinhead Institute’s Pintern program, sponsoring two exemplary high school students to work at the renowned Scripps Research Institute in the lab of Dr. Olivier George on alcohol addiction research.
David Lynch Foundation (DLF), New York, NY – The second year of a two-year commitment supported a DLF staff position to initiate and build a program establishing Transcendental Meditation (TM) as a tool for reducing stress and building resilience for people with alcohol and other drug addiction. PGDF Founder Peter Dodge uses TM in his own recovery and has become an advocate for its use to support treatment for addiction.
Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation (HBFF), Rancho Mirage, CA – PGDF sponsored “Addiction Medicine for the Primary Care Provider,” a one-day conference co-hosted by PGDF and HBFF and held in Rancho Mirage, CA in October 2018, featuring keynote appearances by Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and Dr. George Koob, Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). The program was designed to give primary care providers essential tools to allow them to appropriately treat and refer patients with addiction in their practices.
McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA – PGDF supported a pilot study led by Dr. Marc Copersino to design and deliver developmentally appropriate treatment curricula for people with developmental disabilities (DD). Standard addiction treatment programs are cognitively demanding, requiring skills that exceed those of most people with DD. Alcohol and other drug prevention and treatment programs are, at present, mostly absent from the community. This project develops alcohol and other drug refusal skills while supporting client independence, self-determination, and community inclusion.
David Lynch Foundation (DLF), New York, NY – A two-year commitment supported the hiring of a DLF staff member to initiate and build a program establishing Transcendental Meditation (TM) as a tool for reducing stress and building resilience for people with alcohol and other drug addiction. PGDF Founder Peter Dodge uses TM in his own recovery and has become an advocate for its use to support treatment for addiction.
Partnership for Drug Free Kids, New York, NY – PGDF supported the development of a mobile-friendly version of AlcoholScreening.org, one of the top alcohol feedback websites in the world. Nearly 45% of users access the site via mobile phone, but the site was not compatible with mobile technology. This grant intended to dramatically increase the number of users who could effectively access and use the site to assess their drinking and find help if needed.
Alano Club of Portland, Portland, OR – PGDF supported Alano Club of Portland’s Recovery Toolkit Series, providing recovering individuals with a free, comprehensive set of tools to help them achieve sobriety and/or avoid relapse.
Pinhead Institute, Telluride, CO – In the second year of a three-year commitment, PGDF continued its support of Pinhead Institute’s Pintern program, sponsoring two exemplary high school students each year to work at the renowned Scripps Research Institute in the lab of Dr. Olivier George on alcohol addiction research.
Faces & Voices of Recovery, Washington, DC – PGDF sponsored America Honors Recovery 2017, the signature gala event of Faces & Voices of Recovery, held on Monday, July 17, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC. America Honors Recovery is the largest and most prestigious gathering of nonpartisan, public and private sector leaders in the nation who convene to network while celebrating the achievements of the recovery community.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), Bethesda, MD – This scientific research grant supported the laboratory of Dr. Lorenzo Leggio in investigating the effect of alcohol abstinence and alcohol administration on human gut microbiota, seeking to determine whether microbial profiles play a role in craving for alcohol and relapse in AUD individuals.
Miriam’s Kitchen, Washington, DC – PGDF funds provided case management services for clients who struggle with alcohol addiction, helping them obtain housing, mental health support, and substance abuse treatment.
Jewish Community Services, Baltimore, MD – PGDF funds supported alcohol use awareness and prevention education programs in public and independent schools in the Baltimore area.
New York Academy of Sciences, New York, NY – PGDF sponsored The Addicted Brain and New Treatment Frontiers: Sixth Annual Aspen Brain Forum presented by the New York Academy of Sciences, Science Translational Medicine, and the Aspen Brain Forum Foundation, held in New York City May 18-20, 2016.
Pinhead Institute, Telluride, CO – PGDF renewed its support for Pinhead Institute’s ‘Pintern’ program with a three-year commitment. Each year, PGDF will sponsor two exemplary high school students to work at the renowned Scripps Research Institute in the lab of Dr. Olivier George on alcohol addiction research
National Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse – Saint Louis Area, Saint Louis, MO – PGDF renewed its support for NCADA’s Ask A Counselor program, which utilizes deep local knowledge and detailed individual assessments to refer clients to the most appropriate care.
New Day Campaign, Baltimore, MD – PGDF sponsored a three-part Speaker Series hosted by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health exploring myths, problems, and solutions surrounding alcohol addiction.
Samaritan House, Annapolis, MD – PGDF renewed its support of an exercise-based wellness program for residents of Samaritan House, a nonprofit supportive sober-living facility located in Annapolis, Maryland.
Faces and Voices of Recovery, Washington DC – PGDF sponsored America Honors Recovery 2016, the signature gala event of Faces and Voices of Recovery, held on July 11 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.
David Lynch Foundation, New York, NY – PGDF’s inaugural research grant funded a scientific investigation of the effects of Transcendental Meditation on relapse rates in people treated for alcohol use disorder.
Young People in Recovery, Denver, CO – PGDF supported programming at YPR’s National Leadership Conference and strategic planning Board retreat.
Samaritan House, Annapolis, MD – PGDF funded an exercise program for people undergoing inpatient treatment for alcohol addiction at Samaritan House, a non-profit treatment facility located in Annapolis, Maryland.
National Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse – Saint Louis Area, Saint Louis, MO – PGDF supported increased access to NCADA’s Ask A Counselor assessment and treatment referral service.
UNITE to Face Addiction, Washington, DC – PGDF gave in support of the UNITE to Face Addiction rally held October 4, 2015 on the National Mall.
New Day Campaign, Baltimore, MD – PGDF sponsored Many Pathways: Alcoholism, a public forum on options for alcohol addiction treatment featuring experts in the field.
Pinhead Institute, Telluride, CO – PGDF funded a second internship in addiction science for an exemplary high school student at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA.
Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD – PGDF supported an art therapy program at Tuerk House, a non-profit residential facility for men in recovery
Faces and Voices of Recovery, Washington, DC – PGDF supported two projects, a conference on best practices for directors of non-profits in F&V’s network, and an educational campaign related to the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act
McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA – PGDF funded the development of a series of youth-focused events aimed at preventing alcohol abuse by young people
Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, Minneapolis, MN – PGDF contributed to the Patient Aid Fund, which offsets costs for those in treatment at Hazelden’s inpatient clinic. This gift was designated for people with a dual diagnosis of AUD with major depressive disorder or bipolar disorder
White Bison, Inc., Colorado Springs, CO – PGDF sponsored a pilot program to culturally adapt an existing treatment strategy to serve Native American populations
Oxford House, Silver Spring, MD – PGDF created a loan fund that will establish four new Oxford Houses, with the fund existing in perpetuity as residents repay their loans
C Three Foundation, Fort Myers, FL – PGDF gave a general support grant towards operating expenses and advocacy for the Sinclair method of AUD treatment
Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD – PGDF funded an art therapy program at Tuerk House, a residential facility for men in recovery
Pinhead Institute, Telluride, CO – PGDF sponsored a laboratory-based internship in the field of drug or alcohol addiction for a rural high school student with a strong interest in science
Mainly active from 2014-2017, PGDF Community Grants supported education, animal welfare, and children’s health. These grants were administered by invitation only and were supported directly by founder Peter Dodge.
The Peter G. Dodge Foundation’s Technical Assistance Partnerships program makes grants of technical assistance hours to national nonprofit partners focused on addiction and recovery, mental health, and wellness. Broadly defined, technical assistance is support that helps nonprofits operate more effectively and strengthens their sustainability by providing specialized skills and services not already resident within the organization.
We believe that systemic change is incremental, and that it requires key conditions to be met consistently over time: innovation, participation of many contributors, iteration and revision, strategic thinking, and practical implementation. Our technical assistance grants provide hands-on support, leveraging our expertise and years of experience in the addiction field to help partners achieve specific, measurable goals toward effecting meaningful change.
The TAPs program is asset-based, meaning we help partners build their organizational assets toward long- term sustainability, ultimately improving outcomes for those who struggle with addiction.
The TAPs program supports national organizations in:
Special areas of interest include:
Grants are awarded for either a six-month or one-year term and can be renewed. The grant award consists of consulting and technical assistance services awarded as an in-kind donation. PGDF collaborates with prospective grantees to set goals and allocate time for each award.
Please note: These grants are made by invitation only; we do not accept unsolicited inquiries. TAPs are in-kind awards and do not include financial support at this time. Prospective partners are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations within the United States.