Application Guidelines

What We Fund
The Foundation funds two types of projects:
  1. program development
  2. program evaluation

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

Application Forms are being updated.
Please do not use previously posted forms.
New Forms will be posted before June 30, 2015.

The Brady Education Foundation currently accepts proposals throughout the year. See Submission Timetable below. There is a two-stage application process. If approved by the Board, the applicant will be invited to continue on to Stage 2. The Board meets three times a year.  It tends to approve two to four Stage 1 applications and one to two Stage 2 applications at each meeting. Typically 12% of of applications are funded.

The Foundation currently accepts two types of applications: 1) Program Development, and 2) Program Evaluation. Please check back after June 30, 2015 for new application forms and instructions. If you have questions, please email

Stage 1 Grant Application Process for Evaluation of Existing Programs: 
Check back after June 30, 2015.

Stage 1 Grant Application Process for Research Or New Program Development:
Check back after June 30, 2015.

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  to Continue to Stage 2, Proposal Due Date
Start Date Range




1/1/2016 - 4/30/2016




5/1/2016 - 8/31/2016




 9/1/2016 - 12/31/2016

4/15/2016 6/15/2016


 1/1/2017 - 4/30/2017




5/1/2017 - 8/31/2017




9/1/2017- 12/31/2017




1/1/2018 - 4/30/2018 




5/1/2018 - 8/31/2018




9/1/2018 - 12/31/2018

Stage 2 proposals are accepted by invitation only. 

100 Europa Drive, Suite 351  Chapel Hill, NC 27517

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.