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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-applications cycles per year.  The 2019 – 2020 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 application last year, or our staff can advise you on the recommended cycle.

  • Cycle 1: Opens on May 1, 2019.  Final deadline – May 31, 2019, 5:00 p.m. CST
  • Cycle 2: Opens on July 1, 2019.   Final deadline on July 31, 2019, 5:00 p.m. CST
  • Cycle 3: Opens on Oct 1, 2019.   Final deadline on Oct 31, 2019, 5:00 p.m. CST
  • Cycle 4: Opens on Jan 2, 2020. Final deadline on Jan 31, 2020, 5:00 p.m. CST

CLICK HERE TO BEGIN THE PRE-APPLICATION

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

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 at least one month from date of notification to submission deadline. 

STEP 4:  Once the full proposal is received, the Brown Foundation team will assign your grant proposal to the relevant meeting agenda.  At this stage, you will be able to access information in the Grantee Community about when you can expect to learn the final decision regarding your proposal. We respectfully request that you do not call or email to request status updates. We commit to communicating with you promptly once a decision has been made.

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 an electronic grant agreement 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.

Also note that our online report tool is coming soon.  If your report is due, please submit a copy via email to bfi@brownfoundation.org with the subject line "Final Report".