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

   

There are two 3-month cycles when online 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 cycles. The Advisory Board meets twice a year (2 months after each application cycle deadline) to approve grant distributions for the previous cycle’s grant applications, at which time you will be advised by email of either approval or denial.
 

REQUESTS FOR GRANTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED BY MAIL OR EMAIL. YOU MUST APPLY ONLINE. THE ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS INVOLVES THE FOLLOWING THREE STEPS:

1.  REGISTRATION — The application process begins with an Applicant registering their organization on our website during one of the 3-month application periods indicated above. A username and password will be emailed so that you can continue in the online application process. It is highly recommended that you record this information in a safe place for future access to our website (organization name, username and password). Any future Applicant applying for a grant would need to use these same credentials, otherwise access to our online application process will be denied. 

2.  LETTER OF INTENT — A “Letter of Intent” would then be  submitted which will be reviewed by the Trustees. Applicants will be notified by email within 2-3 weeks regarding “acceptance” or “denial.” If accepted, they will move on to the next step of completing their full grant application. 

3. COMPLETE GRANT APPLICATION — Lastly, if the Letter of Intent is accepted, the Applicant will be required to complete and submit a  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 two months after each grant application cycle deadline at the next semi-annual Advisory Board meeting. Advisory Board meetings are held in February and August. You will be advised by email of either approval or denial after the Advisory Board meets. 

Progress Reports for all approved grants are due every six (6) months after receiving grant award and should be submitted by mail or e-mail. Further guidelines regarding submission of Progress Reports for all approved grants will be sent after grant approval.

PLEASE NOTE: THE FOUNDATION RECEIVES NUMEROUS GRANT REQUESTS DURING EACH APPLICATION CYCLE. THEREFORE, IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO APPLY EARLY DURING THE 3-MONTH CYCLE.  ALSO, GRANT REQUESTS SUBMITTED LATE IN THE CYCLE MAY NOT ALLOW ENOUGH TIME FOR COMPLETION OF THE THREE-STEP ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS OUTLINED ABOVE.  IF THE ENTIRE THREE-STEP PROCESS IS NOT COMPLETED BEFORE THE DEADLINE DATE, THE GRANT REQUEST WILL BE DENIED. 

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
Email: info@FJBCF.org