The Dorothy U. Dalton Foundation supports Civic, Cultural, Education, Health, Housing and Human Services causes through a tri-annual grant process.


Deadlines and requirements

  • Application deadlines are the first Monday in May, August and November

  • The Dorothy U. Dalton Foundation supports non-profit organizations and programs in the Greater Kalamazoo County Area

  • First time applicants, and those who have not received funds from the Foundation within the last 3 years, must contact the Dorothy U. Dalton Foundation before applying

  • Please use the Apply button to start a new application or create an account.

  • If you already have an account please use the Return button below to sign back into your account.




Dorothy U. Dalton Foundation


2020 Application Deadlines

May 4, 2020

August 3, 2020

November 2, 2020








Human Services

About Dorothy U. Dalton

Dorothy attended Kalamazoo College and Smith College where she caught the acting bug in 1912.  She spent The Roaring 20's with several repertory companies in Chicago, New York, Greenwich Village and Pasadena as well as a year in Europe  and a summer at an artist colony at Woodstock.


In the 1930's, Dorothy returned to Kalamazoo to uphold the Upjohn family legacy through community theater.  The Civic Theatre was built by her father, Dr. Upjohn, to promote the cultural enrichment of Kalamazoo and where Dorothy appeared in Civic productions until 1971.


During The Great Depression Dorothy, along with other Kalamazoo leaders, founded the American National Bank and Trust Company in 1933 where Dorothy served as a director until 1942.  Dorothy also provided community support  to the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, the Borgess Medical Center where she established a psychiatric clinic for adults, the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Unemployment Research and served on The Upjohn Company board for almost 45 years.


In 1964, Dorothy was one of the pioneer trustees of the Western Michigan Board of Directors where she served nine years.  She spearhead the design and development of Miller Auditorium at WMU and the fine-arts facilities at Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College which bear her name.


From her father, Dr. William E. Upjohn, Dorothy Upjohn Dalton learned to appreciate the arts, have an interest in civic affairs and a stong commitment to providing community support.  Her passions continue today through the Dorothy U. Dalton Foundation.

Civic - Cultural - Education - Health - Housing - Human Services


If you have questions or would like to meet with a representative of the Dorothy U. Dalton Foundation please send us your contact information with a brief message and we will be sure to follow up with you.






Dorothy U. Dalton Foundation  | 211 S. Rose Street  |  Kalamazoo, MI  49007  |  269-388-9800  | info@DUDF.org

*Please note that we are in the process of changing application software and will not be accepting new applications until April 2020.


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