Brown Foundation: Grants for Visual Arts

OVERVIEW: The Brown Foundation supports visual arts organizations across the United States with a focus on museums.

IP TAKE: This funder’s visual arts grants tend to support specific projects and programs rather than general operating costs. Grants tend to prioritize organizations based in or benefitting Texas.

PROFILE: Herman Brown, Margarett Root Brown, George R. Brown and Alice Pratt Brown founded the Brown Foundation in 1951 to “[d]istribute funds for pubic charitable purposes, principally for support, encouragement and assistance to education, the arts and community service.” Additional areas of grantmaking focus include arts and humanities, civic and public affairs, human services and medicine/science.

The foundation reportedly awards approximately 80 percent of its grants to organizations located in Texas; however, its annual reports indicate that it awards visual arts grants to organizations around the country.

Brown Foundation grants can range anywhere from $5,000 to $2.8 million; however, most visual arts grants fall in the $5,000 to $50,000 range. Past grantees in this space include the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, which received a grant to support education programs; and the Currier Museum of Art, which received funding to support educational outreach. To learn more the types of organizations the Brown Foundation supports and at what level, download its latest annual report.

The Brown Foundation accepts unsolicited grant proposal summaries. Submissions are not to exceed five to six pages total. The foundation accepts submissions on rolling basis throughout the year and organizations may only submit one grant request per 12-month period. Trustees meet once per month to review grant requests.

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