Application Guidelines (non Montessori Initiative Proposals)

Funding Policies 
  • Funding must be through the Principal Investigator's home institution.
  • Grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations only.
  • The Foundation caps indirect costs for both primary institutions and subcontracts at 10% of the direct costs of the project. Primary institution may NOT charge additional indirect on subcontract funds. 
  • The Foundation will support up to two key personnel from the evaluation team and one practitioner or service provider from the program to attend one conference the last (or only) year of the project, with an allowable cost of $1,500 per person.
  • The Foundation follows National Institutes of Health guidelines for salary caps and travel (including conference travel). 
  • Due to having a small staff, the Foundation is typically unable to discuss individual projects prior to the submission of a Stage 1 application. Due to the high volume of proposals, the Foundation is also unable to provide customized feedback to applications after review by the Board.
  • Applicants at all career stages can apply, but are evaluated in terms of their abilities to successfully carry out the proposed work. The Foundation favors projects that include a member of the team (not necessarily the PI) who has experience leading projects of similar or greater scope.
Existing Program Evaluation: 
    • Goal:
      • Primary goal:
        • What works: Evaluate the effectiveness of programs designed to promote positive cognitive and/or achievement outcomes for children (birth through 18 years) from underserved groups and/or low-resourced communities (minority ethnic groups, low-income families).
      • Secondary goals may include:
        • What works for whom, under what conditions: Investigate variations in program effects; that is, test for moderation effects that inform whether program effects are stronger for certain groups and/or under certain conditions than other groups or conditions.
        • Reasons for effects: Investigate mechanisms through which effects occur; that is, test for mediation effects that inform why the program is effective.
        • Cost-benefit analyses: Compare the total costs of the program with its estimated monetary benefts to determine the net cost or benefit associated with the program.
    • Duration: Up to three years. Note that on rare occations, the Foundation funds robust longitudinal studies of longer duration.
    • The Foundation favors projects that:
      • Represent strong collaborative relationships between researchers and practitioners, and other community stakeholders as appropriate, and where the community/population being studied is represented in the project's leadership team;
      • Evaluate programs consistent with strength-based approaches rather than deficit models;
      • Projects for which operational funding for the program is already secured so that funding from the Foundation is used only for evaluation activities;
      • Evaluate programs that show promise of being affordable, accessible and sustainable;
      • Projects that employ randomized control designs (including wait-list control designs when assignment to wait-list condition is randomized). Comparison group designs may also be employed when strong efforts are made to control for potential confounding variables (e.g., due to selection effects). The Foundation rarely funds evaluation projects that employ neither randomized control nor comparison group designs;
      • Projects that evaluate effects on measurable child outcomes.
      • Consider the specific and unique assets and needs of children from underserved populations and/or low-resourced communities (e.g., minority ethnic groups, low-income communities). Concerning race and ethnicity, the Foundation seeks to increase understanding of what works best for children from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds (e.g., African American, Latino, Native American).

New Program Development: 
The Brady Education Foundation is not accepting New Program Development applications at this time.

What We Don't Fund
The Foundation does not fund:
  • Scholarships
  • Capital projects
  • Projects outside of the United States
  • Evaluations conducted by for-profit organizations or the development of programs intended to become for-profit entities
  • Program development and evaluation for children at risk for poor cognitive and academic outcomes due to medical conditions (including developmental delays or disabilities associated with biological causes) or substance abuse 
  • Support for scaling up programs already found to be effective
  • Continuing education for providers

Current Funding Rates
About 13% of Stage 1 applications result in funding. Approximately 22% of Stage 1 applicants are invited to continue to Stage 2 and approximately 50% of all Stage 2 submissions are funded.
Application Process
There is a two-stage application process. Applicants complete the Stage 1 application for the type of project being proposed.  

Stage 1

Complete applications include:
  • Application (links below)
  • Budget Justification (see check list for instructions)
  • Time-line (see check list for page limit)
  • Resumes & CVs of Key Personnel (see checklist for instructions)
  • Letters of Support from Partnering Organizations (see checklist for instructions)
  • Proof of Tax Exempt Status for Applicant and Partnering Organizations
  • Check List (links below)

STAGE 1 Existing Program Evaluation Application

Stage 1 Submission 
Convert forms and supporting documents to .pdf format and combine into one document. Submit entire application as one document to:

Stage 2
Board review determines if applicant is approved to submit a Stage 2 application.If approved by the Board, the applicant will be invited to submit a Stage 2 application. Stage 2 applications are accepted by invitation only. Stage 2 application guidelines are provided when invited to submit.

Review Criteria Information

Proposal Review Criteria
For an expanded explanation of criteria used to score a proposal, click this link: Proposal Review Criteria

DQ Checklist
For an expanded explanation of why a proposal will be disqualified and not reviewed by the full board of the Brady Education Foundation, click this link: DQ Checklist

Submission Timetable

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

Stage 1 Proposal 
Due Date
Notification Date
If Invited to  to Continue to Stage 2, Proposal Due Date
Start Date Range




1/1/2018 - 4/30/2018




5/1/2018 - 8/31/2018


2/15/2018 4/1/2018

9/1/2018 - 12/31/2018

4/1/2018 6/15/2018


1/1/2018 - 4/30/2019


10/15/2018 12/1/2018 5/1/2019 - 8/31/2019




9/1/2019 - 12/31/2019




1/1/2020 - 4/30/2020


10/15/2019 12/1/2019 5/1/2020 - 8/31/2020
12/1/2019 2/15/2020


9/1/2020 - 12/31/2020

Inquiries and Reviews
Due to having a small staff, the Foundation is typically unable to discuss individual projects prior to the submission of a Stage 1 application. Due to the high volume of proposals, the Foundation is also unable to provide customized feedback to applicants after review by the Board.