Brady Education Foundation Seeks Applications for Program Development and Evaluation

The Brady Education Foundation seeks to close the achievement/opportunity gap for children at risk for poor school outcomes due to environmental factors associated with poverty.

To advance this mission, the foundation is accepting stage-one applications for projects related to the development and evaluation of programs that are consistent with a strength-based approach and show promise of being feasible, effective, and sustainable.

1) Program Development: One-year grants will be awarded to projects aimed at developing and testing the feasibility of new programs that promote positive cognitive and/or achievement outcomes for children (birth through 18 years) from underserved groups and/or low-resourced communities. Priority will be given to programs/projects that represent strong collaborative relationships between researchers, practitioners, and other community stakeholders (as appropriate), and where the community/population being studied is reflected by the composition of the project's leadership team; programs/projects consistent with strength-based approaches rather than deficit models; programs/projects that leverage other funding; and/or programs/projects that, in addition to showing promise of being effective, show promise of being affordable, accessible, and sustainable. Past Program Development grants have ranged between $25,000 and $276,000.

2) Existing Program Evaluation: Grants for up to three years will be awarded to 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. Preference will be given to programs/projects that represent strong collaborative relationships between researchers, practitioners, and other community stakeholders as appropriate, and where the community/population being studied is reflected in the composition of the project's leadership team; programs/projects consistent with strength-based approaches rather than deficit models; programs/projects for which operational funding for the program is already secured so that funding from the foundation is used only for evaluation activities; programs/projects that show promise of being affordable, accessible, and sustainable; programs projects that employ randomized control designs (including wait list-control designs when assignment to wait-list condition is randomized); and/or programs/projects that evaluate effects on measurable child outcomes. Past Existing Program Evaluation grants have ranged between $241,000 and $792,000.

To be eligible, applicants must be a nonprofit organization recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code.

Stage-one applications must be received no later than December 1, 2017. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit stage-two applications by April 1, 2018.

See the Brady Education Foundation for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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