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Below, please find a step-by-step description of our application process.

STEP 1:  Submit a pre-application.  The Brown Foundation, Inc. has four pre-application cycles per year.  The 2020 – 2021 cycle dates are listed below.  If you are a new applicant, you may apply in any cycle.  Please select the option that best matches your funding needs.  If you are a current grantee of the Brown Foundation, select the cycle closest to your pre-application last year.  Our staff can respond to questions regarding timing as needed. 

  • Cycle 1: Pre-application opens on May 1, 2020.  Final pre-application deadline on May 31, 2020, 5:00 p.m. CST
  • Cycle 2: Pre-application opens on July 1, 2020.  Final pre-application deadline on July 31, 2020, 5:00 p.m. CST
  • Cycle 3: Pre-application opens on Oct 1, 2020.  Final pre-application deadline on Oct 31, 2020, 5:00 p.m. CST
  • Cycle 4: Pre-application opens on Jan 2, 2021.  Final pre-application deadline on Jan 31, 2021, 5:00 p.m. CST


If you submit your pre-application outside of these cycles, your pre-application will be reviewed but will remain pending until the next cycle opens. 

STEP 2:  Approximately one month after the pre-application window closes, applicants will be notified of their status (invitation to submit a full proposal; or decline).

STEP 3:  For those applicants invited to submit a full proposal, you will receive instructions about how to access our Grantee Community portal. Invited applicants will be notified of the final deadline for the full proposal and will have approximately one month from the date of notification to submission deadline.  Applicants must submit all grant reports from any prior Brown Foundation grants prior to submitting a new full proposal.   

STEP 4:  Once the full proposal is received, our staff will assign your grant proposal to the relevant meeting agenda.  In many cases, our team will follow up with you to schedule a meeting or seek additional information.  We commit to communicating with you promptly once a decision has been made. We respectfully request that you do not call or email to request status updates

STEP 5:  Applicants will receive notification of a decision shortly after the review meeting.  At this time, organizations that have been awarded a grant will receive a grant agreement via DocuSign for review and signature.  Once the signed agreement is received, the Foundation will process payment of the grant (typically within 30 days). 

Please be advised:  From start to finish, it may take as long as six months to receive final notification about your grant application.  We are grateful for your patience.  If your organization’s funding is needed by a certain date, we advise you to plan well in advance for your submission.

If your report is due, please use the link below to access your organization's profile (you must have previously signed up or create a login if you have not done so).

Grantee Login