Application Guidelines

What We Fund
The Foundation funds two types of projects:
  1. evaluations of existing model programs
  2. innovative research/new program development, including both efficacy and effectiveness studies

The Foundation favors:
  • projects that bring researchers and service providers together to prove and improve the effectiveness of education environments for children at risk for poor school outcomes due to environmental factors associated with living in poverty
  • projects that leverage other funds
  • projects with the potential to inform or guide policy or funding decisions
  • projects that structure time for researchers/evaluators and program providers to collaborate
  • projects that employ randomized control designs, comparison group designs, or other designs linked to measurable child outcomes

What We Don't Fund
The Foundation does not fund:
  • scholarships
  • continuing education for providers
  • program operating costs
  • capital projects
  • research for children at risk of poor school outcomes due to medical conditions or substance abuse
  • support for scaling up programs already found to be effective
  • support for individual providers who wish to increase their center's Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale score or obtain accreditation
  • research projects outside of the United States

Funding Policy 
  • It is the Foundation's policy to provide funding through the Principal Investigator's home institution.
  • The Foundation only awards grants to nonprofit organizations.
  • The Foundation generally awards grants of at most $100,000 or less per year for a maximum of three years. Please provide additional justification if you are requesting
    • more than this amount, 
    • exactly this amount, or
    • a project timeline that exceeds three years.
  • The Foundation caps indirect costs for both primary institutions and subcontracts at 10%. Note that the primary institution may not charge additional indirect on subcontract funds. 
  • The Foundation follows the same guidelines as the National Institutes of Health with regards to salary caps. 
  • About 25% of all Stage 1 applications are invited to continue on to Stage 2. Half of all Stage 2 submissions are funded. The Foundation's funding rate currently stands at around 12%.
Application Process
The Brady Education Foundation currently accepts proposals throughout the year. See Submission Timetable below. There is a two-stage application process. Stage 1 application instructions are listed below. If approved by the Board, the applicant will be invited to continue on to Stage 2. The Board meets three times a year.  It typically approves only two to four Stage 1 applications and one to two Stage 2 applications at each meeting.

The Foundation accepts two types of applications: 
  1. Evaluations of Existing Programs, and 
  2. Research Or New Program Development. 

If your program has been operating for one year or more, complete the forms for Evaluations of Existing Programs. If this is a research project that will inform the development of a new program or new curriculum, or if it is a basic research project, complete the forms for Research or New Program Development. Submissions not using correct forms will not be reviewed. Email the Foundation if you have questions in this regard.

Select the appropriate check list below for your particular proposal. Where forms are provided, be sure first to re-name them and save the form (.doc) onto your computer. When all forms are completed, convert all completed forms and supporting documents to .pdf format and submit the entire application as one folder to: applications@BradyEducationFoundation.org. If you are experiencing technical problems with the forms, please email applications. 

Stage 1 Grant Application Process for Evaluation of Existing Programs: 
Stage 1 Proposal Check List: 
  1. Cover Page Information: Existing Program Evaluation Form #1
  2. Aims, Mission, Dissemination, and Collaboration: Existing Program Evaluation Form #2
  3. Program to be Evaluated Information: Existing Program Evaluation Form #3
  4. Evaluation Design and Timeline: Existing Program Evaluation Form #4
  5. Budget: Existing Program Evaluation Form #5
  6. Budget Justification: Existing Program Evaluation Form #6
  7. Resumes/CVs of Principal Investigator or Program Director with each resume or CV not to exceed three pages
  8. Letters of support from partnering organizations demonstrating support for the specific activites outlined in the Stage 1 proposal
  9. Proof of tax exempt status for applicant and partnering organizations
  10. Check list: Existing Program Evaluation Form #7 

Stage 1 Grant Application Process for Research Or New Program Development:
Stage 1 Proposal Check List:
  1. Cover Page Information: Research Or New Program Development Form #1
  2. Aims, Mission, Dissemination, and Collaboration: Research Or New Program Development Form #2
  3. Literature Review and Rationale: Research Or New Program Development Program Form #3
  4. Budget: Research Or New Program Development Form #4
  5. Budget Justification: Research Or New Program Development Form #5
  6. Resumes/CV of Principal Investigator(s) with each resume or CV not to exceed three pages
  7. Letters of support from partnering organizations demonstrating support for the specific activities outlined in the Stage 1 proposal
  8. Proof of tax exempt status for applicant and partnering organizations
  9. Check List: Research Or New Program Development Form #6

Submission Timetable
The Brady Education Foundation currently accepts Stage 1 Grant Applications throughout the year. Submission deadlines are as follows:

Submission Timetable

Stage 1 Proposal 
Due Date
Notification Date
If Invited to Continue to 
Stage 2, 
Proposal Due Date
Funding
Start Date Range
12/15/2013 2/15/2014 4/15/2014 9/1/2014 - 12/31/2014
4/15/2014 6/15/2014 8/15/2014 1/1/2015 - 4/30/2015
8/15/2014 10/15/2014 12/15/2014 5/1/2015 - 8/31/2015 
 12/15/2014  2/15/2015  4/15/2015  9/1/2015 - 12/31/2015
4/15/2015 6/15/2015  8/15/2015 1/1/2016 - 4/30/2016
 8/15/2015  10/15/2015 12/15/2015 5/1/2016 - 8/31/2016
12/15/2015 2/15/2016 4/15/2016  9/1/2016 - 12/31/2016
4/15/2016 6/15/2016 8/15/2016 1/1/2017 - 4/30/2017
8/15/2016 10/15/2016 12/15/2016 5/1/2017 - 8/31/2017
12/15/2016 2/15/2017 4/15/2017 9/1/2017 - 12/31/2017
4/15/2017 6/15/2017 8/15/2017 1/1/2018 - 4/30/2018

Stage 2 proposals are accepted by invitation only. 

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Information

It is the policy of the Foundation to not have phone, email, or in person communication
with potential grantees prior to the submission of a Stage 1 Grant Application.