Fred J. Brotherton Charitable Foundation Grant

Fred J. Brotherton Charitable Foundation

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Grant amount: US $1,000 - US $100,000

Next deadline: Dec 1, 2019 (Full proposal)

Later deadlines: Jun 1, 2020 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program, Capital Project, Biomedical, Behavioral

Location of project: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts Show all

Location of residency: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts Show all

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Note: There are two 3-month cycles when online grant applications can be submitted.

  1. If your organization has never previously applied, the application process begins with an Applicant registering their organization on our website during one of the 3-month application periods indicated above.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 ("full proposal" deadline above).

The Foundation receives numerous grant requests during each application cycle. It is highly recommended that you apply early within the 3-month cycle. Also, grant requests submitted late in the cycle may not allow enough time for completion of the 3-step online application process outlined above. If the entire 3-step process is not completed before the deadline date, the grant application will expire. 

Foundation History

The original Trustee of the Foundation, Fred J. Brotherton, was the owner of a prominent construction firm in New Jersey, his home state. A longtime philanthropist and supporter of education, the arts, religious institutions, historic preservation and medical research, Mr. Brotherton established the Fred J. Brotherton Charitable Foundation as a Florida trust in 1997. Throughout a long and productive life, Mr. Brotherton served as Board Member of several foundations and non-profit organizations in New Jersey, New York and Florida. Upon his death in December 2002, Mr. Brotherton’s role as Trustee was assumed by successor Co-Trustees William P. Brotherton, M.D. and Wayne A. Brotherton. Also New Jersey natives, both Co-Trustees live and work in Northern New Jersey and carry on the fine tradition of charitable giving begun by Fred J. Brotherton.

The Fred J. Brotherton Charitable Foundation was established to help fulfill the missions of “charitable organizations” falling within its grantmaking guidelines. The Foundation’s main areas of interest are education, religion, historic preservation, and medical programs and/or scientific research. 

Areas of Interest

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.

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  • 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.


  • 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.
  • 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