The Brown Foundation: Grants for Writing

OVERVIEW: The Brown Foundation prioritizes supports both large and small arts organizations in Texas, but conducts some work across the United States.

IP TAKE: This funder awards grants to support general operating costs, as well as, specific projects and programs.

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.” The foundation’s funding areas 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 makes arts grants to organizations around the country.

Brown Foundation grants can range anywhere from $5,000 to $2.8 million; however, most arts grants fall in the $10,000 to $50,000 range. Past grantees in include Canopy Canopy Canopy, Inc., Gulf Coast-A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts, The Book Arts Press, Inc. To learn more about Brown’s grantees, 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.

The application process includes a pre-application, so grant seekers need to apply well before the proposed program’s anticipated start date.


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