History

Application Timetable

Stage 1 Proposal
Due Date
Notification Date If Invited to
Continue to Stage II, Proposal Due Date
Earliest Funding Date
06/01/2011 06/30/2011 08/22/2011 09/15/2011
08/22/2011 09/01/2011 12/20/2011 03/15/2012
12/20/2011 02/28/2012 04/16/2012 06/30/2012
04/16/2012 06/29/2012 08/20/2012 11/15/2012
08/20/2012 10/30/2012 12/17/2012 03/15/2013
12/17/2012 02/26/2013 04/15/2013 06/30/2013
04/15/2013 06/28/2013 08/19/2013 11/15/2013
08/19/2013 10/29/2013 12/16/2013 03/15/2014
12/16/2013 02/25/2014 04/14/2014 06/30/2014
04/14/2014 06/30/2014 08/18/2014 11/15/2014


W.H. (Bill) Brady incorporated the W.H. Brady Foundation in 1954, the same year he became a founding member of the National Review. He believed that, "It is not government, it is not dictators or presidents or generals or popes who rule the world. It's ideas." From 1954 to 1988, the Foundation was based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and contributed to many civic, educational, and public policy organizations.

After her father's death in 1988, Elizabeth Brady Lurie assumed leadership of the W.H. Brady Foundation. In 1996, she moved the Foundation headquarters to Asheville, North Carolina and continued to support civic, educational,  public policy non-profit organizations, and the arts.

In January of 2001, Dr. Elizabeth Pungello, Elizabeth Lurie's daughter and Bill Brady's granddaughter, became president of the board of the W. H. Brady Foundation. A few years later the Foundation engaged in a large gifting program followed by a major reorganization. Renamed the Brady Education Foundation, it moved its offices to Chapel Hill, North Carolina. For the next five years, the board maintained a gifting moratorium as it developed a new mission and operating guidelines.

The Brady Education Foundation resumed a regular granting cycle in 2009. In keeping with Dr. Pungello's own academic training and keen interest in early childhood education, the Foundation currently focuses its attention on ways to close the achievement gap of children at risk for poor school outcomes due to environmental factors associated with living in poverty. The Foundation funds two types of projects: evaluations of existing model programs, and innovative research on model development. It seeks to fund high quality research that encourages early and regular collaboration between researchers and practitioners.

Today's Brady Education Foundation strives to be the place where "research and practice meet" because, as Bill Brady used to say, "ideas have consequences."