Grant Opportunities

Proposals & Events Overview

The 250th Steering Committee has established a grant fund and solicits a broad spectrum of proposals for large and small scale academic forums, events, performances and exhibitions, physical or virtual, from departments, centers, programs, student groups, alumni communities and staff that will both celebrate Brown’s past and its history, and showcase its present and future contributions to the production of knowledge. We welcome proposals that represent a broad spectrum of ideas and range in orientation from academic to pure enjoyment.

For any questions regarding the 250th proposal process, please contact the Office of the Brown's 250th Anniversary.

Grant Categories:

1. Grants for Academic Programs & Events

Proposals will:

  • Align with the stated goals and objectives of the 250th anniversary
  • Highlight Brown’s intellectual mission and impact locally, nationally and globally
  • Identify at least one Brown faculty member, dean or director in charge of overseeing the proposed program
  • Potentially represent more than a single department, institute or center
  • Potentially engage a range of stakeholders both as participants and audience
  • Comply with one of the two cycles of grant funding: May 1, 2013* and May 1, 2014. Proposals received by May 1, 2013* will be decided upon by and proposers notified of outcome by May 31, 2013. Proposals received by May 1, 2014 will be decided upon by and proposers notified of outcome by May 31, 2014.

* Proposals received after the May 1 deadlines will be supported contingent on available funding.

Award size of $10,000 - $25,000, although larger scale proposals will be considered.

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2. Grants for Brown University Constituency Engagement (students, staff, faculty, alumni)

Proposals will:

  • Align with the stated goals and objectives of the 250th anniversary
  • Engage one or a range of stakeholders as participants and audience
  • Include at least one point of contact closely affiliated with Brown (a member of the faculty, staff, student or alumni community)
  • Potentially represent a single department, institute, center, student organization, alumni group, etc.

Award size of $100 - $10,000.

    Submit a proposal.

    3. Grants for Brown University student groups (a subset of the Constituent Engagement grant pool)

    In-keeping with the theme of Imagine Brown 250+, we invite you to think creatively about events that will engage, excite, and inspire. A grant pool has been established to support student groups interested in holding events for undergraduates, graduate students, medical students, staff, faculty, and alumni. The Office of the 250th Anniversary is partnering with the Office of Campus Life and Student Services to administer this funding process. We encourage groups to think about creating events that will engage the Brown student body as well as the greater Brown and Providence Communities. We thank you for taking the time to fill out this grant proposal.  Any categorized student group with an idea for a 250th Anniversary-themed event can apply through this form by Monday, October 28th at 11:59pm. All requests will be reviewed by a committee comprised of students and administrators, and groups will be notified of decisions by mid-November.

    Submit a proposal.

    Grants for Providence & Rhode Island Community Engagement and Brown’s 250th

    Providence and Rhode Island community organizations (arts, youth leadership, cultural organizations, etc.) interested in requesting funds to develop content for Brown’s 250th Anniversary should contact the office of Government Relations and Community Affairs.