234 Morse Avenue, Suite B1, Wyckoff, NJ 07481

Application Guidelines

The Foundation’s major fields of interest are:

  • Education: Educational programs and/or institutions — primarily schools and colleges. (With emphasis on, but not limited to, educational programs providing assistance to the needy or disabled.)
  • Religion: Religion-based programs and/or institutions. (With an emphasis on, but not limited to, providing assistance to the needy or disabled… or to benefit a local church in a capital program.)
  • Historic Preservation: Historic Preservation programs and/or institutions (including “societies“).
  • Medical Programs and/or Scientific Research: Medical and/or Scientific programs and/or their affiliated institutions.

GRANT RESTRICTIONS

Foreign limitations: The Brotherton Foundation is legally restricted from contributing, in any manner, grant funds which would be utilized outside of the United States or its possessions. It does not fund non-United States-based charitable organizations nor even the work of United States-based organizations abroad.

United States limitations: The primary geographic areas of funding are the northeastern United States. Exceptions to the geographic guidelines are granted only when a Co-Trustee or Advisory Board Member has personal knowledge of an organization which otherwise conforms to all other Foundation guidelines.

The Brotherton Foundation does NOT approve grant requests to organizations lacking tax exempt status under I.R.C. Section 501(c)(3).

Further, as a matter of general practice, The Brotherton Foundation does NOT normally approve grant requests falling into the following categories:

  • Conferences
  • Day Care Programs for Children or Adults
  • Documentaries, Films, and Videos
  • Legal Aid Programs
  • Loans
  • Moving Expenses
  • Public Opinion Polls, Surveys, and Research Studies
  • Public Policy and/or Advocacy Groups
  • Senior Citizens’ Programs
  • Soup Kitchens and/or Food Banks
  • Deficit financing
  • Grants to individuals

DEADLINES and APPLICATION PERIODS

THE ADVISORY BOARD MEETS TWICE A YEAR (FEBRUARY and AUGUST) TO APPROVE GRANT DISTRIBUTIONS.    

 There are two 3-month application periods when grant applications can be submitted: Sep. 1st – Dec. 1st, and March 1st – June 1st. The grant application portal is only open during these two application periods.

 

THE ON-LINE APPLICATION PROCESS INVOLVES THE FOLLOWING THREE STEPS:

1.  Applicant must register on our website during one of the 3-month application periods as indicated above.

2.  A “Letter of Intent” must be  submitted which will be reviewed by the Trustees. Applicants will then be notified by email regarding “acceptance” or “denial” of their request. If accepted, they will move on to the next step of completing their full grant application. Please note, it could take up to 2-3 weeks before hearing back regarding acceptance or denial of the Letter of Intent.

3. If the Letter of Intent is accepted, applicants must complete and submit their full grant application before the application period deadline (either June 1st or December 1st depending upon the application  period in which you are applying).

Final decisions are made at the next Advisory Board meeting in either February or August (2 months after the application period deadline). Checks for approved grants are then mailed out the following month (either March or September).

NOTE THAT LETTERS OF INTENT SUBMITTED LATE WITHIN EITHER OF THE TWO 3-MONTH APPLICATION PERIODS MAY NOT ALLOW ENOUGH TIME FOR COMPLETION OF THE FULL GRANT APPLICATION. THEREFORE, IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT THE LETTER OF INTENT BE SUBMITTED EARLY WITHIN THE 3-MONTH APPLICATION PERIOD TO ENSURE THERE IS ENOUGH TIME TO COMPLETE THE FULL GRANT APPLICATION BEFORE THE DEADLINE DATE. 

DEADLINES for submitting the full grant application (a three-step process as outlined above) are as follows:

FEBRUARY DISTRIBUTION DEADLINE:  December 1st  — Grant application portal opens September 1st
AUGUST DISTRIBUTION DEADLINE:  June 1st  — Grant application portal opens March 1st

 

 

PLEASE NOTE:  Letters of Intent and grant requests are no longer being accepted by mail or email.  All requests for grants must be submitted online during one of the two 3-month application periods only.

CONTACT INFO

Please direct all inquiries to:

Theresa Brotherton, Administrative Director
Fred J. Brotherton Charitable Foundation
234 Morse Ave., Suite B1
Wyckoff, NJ 07481
Phone 973-728-6100
Email: info@FJBCF.org