Joe W. & Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation Grants

Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, Capital Project, General Operating Expense, Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Preferred: Counties in Louisiana: Jefferson Parish, Orleans Parish, Plaquemines Parish, St. Bernard Parish, St. Charles Parish, St. James Parish, St. John the Baptist Parish, St. Tammany Parish, Tangipahoa Parish, Washington Parish Other eligible locations: Louisiana, Mississippi

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



The Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation's mission is to alleviate human suffering. Grant support falls into one of these committees, each chaired by a Program Officer:

  • Human Services
  • Medical, Health & Science
  • Education
  • Community Benefit 
  • Conservation & Environment

Geographical focus of support falls first on the Greater New Orleans area, second throughout Louisiana and Mississippi, and third throughout the rest of the United States of America.

About the Foundation

Organized in 1958, it wasn't until 1989 when the Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation commenced its serious functioning as a private, charitable foundation. Under the proud and deeply dedicated leadership of Mr. D.P. Spencer, a long-time employee and friend of the Browns, the Board of Trustees adopted its mission statement: Alleviate Human Suffering.

Significant steps were taken to develop the direction and scope of funding. Foundation endowment funds were invested prudently and in accordance with modern portfolio theory in an effort to perpetuate the names and philanthropic wishes of the Browns as often and as long as possible. Committees were organized, guidelines were drafted, and application and reporting processes were developed to ensure strict compliance by grant seekers. 

Through the hard work and dedication of all trustees and staff, the Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation continues to contribute to the betterment of communities and alleviating human suffering.

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


  • Applicants must be an exempt organization, publicly supported organization, university, research laboratory, or 501(c)3 organization, in good standing with the IRS, that have been operating for three years or more. 


  • The Brown Foundation does not accept applications from individuals.
  • Blind application requests will also not be accepted.