Two steps are required in the application process. First, the
applicant should prepare a brief letter of inquiry to the Grant Program, describing the
applying organization and its intended project. If the Foundation
determines the project to be within the current
program interests as determined by its
Board of Directors, the applicant
will be invited to submit a formal proposal.
Second, if invited to submit a formal proposal, the applicant should
submit another letter. It should include a
more-thorough, yet still concise description of the project, its
objectives and significance, and the qualifications of the groups and
individuals involved in it. It should also include a project budget, the
specific amount being sought from Bradley, and a list of its other
sources of support, philanthropic or otherwise. See the
checklist for developing
a detailed-enough proposal.
The applicant should submit a copy of the Internal Revenue Service
letter confirming the applying entity’s tax-exempt and public-support
status under Sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a), respectively, of the
Internal Revenue Code.
Should the Foundation’s program staff find
it necessary or desirable, it may arrange a meeting with the applicant
after the receipt of a full proposal. After the staff comprehensively
reviews proposals, the Board acts on them. All grantmaking authority
rests with the Board.
The Board of Directors meets four times a year. To be
considered, full proposals should be submitted by February 1, May 1,
August 1, and November 1. In most cases, staff is able to complete
its reviews of proposals in time for the next scheduled Board meeting.
Occasionally, it is not, or Board consideration is deferred to a later
Because of the necessarily limited resources of the Foundation, many
worthwhile projects cannot be supported, of course. The demands on the
Foundation’s resources also limit the size of particular grants and its
ability to make commitments for extended periods.