Grantmaking policies

The general program interests and specific funding decisions of the Bradley Foundation are the responsibility of its Board of Directors.  At the discretion of the Board, the Foundation’s grantmaking policies may be modified in response to changing circumstances and priorities.

Bradley does not provide support for unspecified and undetailed overhead costs.  No funds will be authorized for fees payable to fundraising counsel.  Funding for endowments or deficit financing will be considered only under special conditions.

The Foundation will:

  • normally award grants only to organizations and institutions exempt from federal taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and publicly supported under Section 509(a)(1), (2), or (3);
  • favor projects that are not normally financed by public tax funds;
  • consider requests from religious organizations and institutions only when the resulting impact of the project is not primarily denominational; and,
  • consider requests for building projects on rare occasions and, in such cases, grants will be limited to only a small fraction of the total project cost.

Grantees must possess the resources to properly administer awards from Bradley.  We regularly evaluate our grants, and grantees are required to provide periodic reports on the progress of their work.