Program Evaluation Grants (Non-Montessori Initiative Proposals)

Brady Education Foundation

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Next deadline: Dec 1, 2020 (Full proposal)

Later deadlines: Dec 1, 2020 (Pre proposal), Apr 1, 2021 (Pre proposal), Apr 1, 2021 (Full proposal), Aug 1, 2021 (Pre proposal), Aug 1, 2021 (Full proposal), Dec 1, 2021 (Pre proposal), Dec 1, 2021 (Full proposal), Apr 1, 2022 (Full proposal)

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Academic Success & Enrichment Education System Policy & Reform Education - K through 12

Applicant type: Faculty, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Research, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:




The Brady Education Foundation seeks to close the opportunity gap between children living in under-resourced and/or under-represented communities and other children. The Foundation pursues its mission by promoting collaboration between researchers and educators via the funding of program evaluations in education that have the potential of informing public policy and private funding. The Foundation is particularly focused on the evaluation of programs that are consistent with a strength-based approach and show promise of being feasible, accessible, effective and sustainable.

Existing Program Evaluation: 


  • Primary aim:
    • What works: The primary aim must concern evaluating 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 (minoritized ethnic groups, low-income families).
  • Secondary goals may include:
    • What works for whom, under what conditions: Investigate variations in program effects; that is, test for moderation effects that inform whether program effects are stronger for certain groups and/or under certain conditions than other groups or conditions.
    • Reasons for effects: Investigate mechanisms through which effects occur; that is, test for mediation effects that inform why the program is effective.
    • Cost-benefit analyses: Compare the total costs of the program with its estimated monetary benefts to determine the net cost or benefit associated with the program.

Duration: Up to three years. Note that on rare occasions, the Foundation funds robust longitudinal studies of longer duration.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Funding Policies 
    • Funding must be through the Principal Investigator's home institution.
    • Grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations only.
    • The Foundation caps indirect costs for both primary institutions and subcontracts at 10% of the direct costs of the project.
      • Primary institution may NOT charge additional indirect on subcontract funds. 
    • The Foundation will support up to two key personnel from the evaluation team and one practitioner or service provider from the program to attend one conference the last (or only) year of the project, with an allowable cost of $1,500 per person.
    • The Foundation follows National Institutes of Health guidelines for salary caps and travel (including conference travel). 
    • Applicants at all career stages can apply, but are evaluated in terms of their abilities to successfully carry out the proposed work.
      • The Foundation favors projects that include a member of the team (not necessarily the PI) who has experience leading projects of similar or greater scope.


  • The Foundation favors projects that:
    • Represent strong collaborative relationships between researchers and practitioners and other community stakeholders (as appropriate).
    • Projects in which the community/population being studied is represented in the project’s leadership team.
    • Evaluate programs that show promise of being feasible, accessible and sustainable
    • Evaluate programs consistent with strength-based approaches rather than deficit models and consider the specific and unique assets and needs of children from diverse racial and ethnic groups and/or from low-income communities.
      • Concerning race and ethnicity, the Foundation seeks to increase understanding of what works best for children from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds (e.g., Black / African Heritage, Latine*, Indigenous Peoples).
    • Projects for which operational funding for the program is already secured so that funding from the Foundation is used only for evaluation activities.
    • Projects that employ randomized control designs (including wait-list control designs when assignment to wait-list condition is randomized).
      • Comparison group designs may also be employed when strong efforts are made to control for potential confounding variables (e.g., due to selection effects).
      • The Foundation very rarely funds evaluation projects that employ neither randomized control nor comparison group designs.
    • Projects that evaluate effects on measurable child outcomes.
    • Projects that include a member of the team (not necessarily the PI) who has experience leading projects of similar or greater scope.
      • Applicants at all career stages may apply;
      • teams are evaluated in terms of their abilities to successfully carry out the proposed work.


  • What We Don't Fund
    • The Foundation does not fund:
      • Scholarships
      • Capital projects
      • Projects outside of the United States
      • Evaluations conducted by for-profit organizations or the development of programs intended to become for-profit entities
      • Program development and evaluation for children at risk for poor cognitive and academic outcomes due to medical conditions (including developmental delays or disabilities associated with biological causes) or substance abuse 
      • Support for scaling up programs already found to be effective
      • Continuing education for providers


This page was last reviewed August 27, 2020 and last updated August 27, 2020