The Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation is a charitable organization that has a special interest in parts of Louisiana primarily and in parts of Mississippi. Though the majority of the programs supported are active in the area around Jefferson Parish and along parts of the Louisiana coastline, the Foundation proudly supports quality projects in other geographic areas of the United States, particularly with regards to medical research and basic science.
Applicants should be an exempt organization, a publicly supported organization, university, research laboratory, or a 501(c)3 organization in good standing with the IRS, that has been operating for three complete calendar years or more. The Foundation does not accept applications or requests from individuals. Blind or unsolicited application requests will also not be accepted or reviewed and prospective unsolicited applicants who have not been expressly invited to apply must tender a formal Letter of Interest (LOI) so that we may determine if an invitation to apply may eventually be issued and, if so, which department you would fall under if you were invited to apply. Please note: A group can only fall under one department or committee. We no longer have an Arts & Culture Committee or Religion Committee. We have restructured the Education Committee to focus primarily on service learning, the Emmy Noether Awards, certain STEM projects and summer camps, so we are unlikely to invite any K-12 school or educational group that falls outside of our existing education programs to apply. Please visit the Education Department section of this site for more information.
Unsolicited prospective applicants are welcome to tender a Letter of Interest (LOI) consistent with the instructions provided on the Letter of Interest webpage. Please note our staff is not authorized to help you complete the LOI and will not accept or even open attachments to an electronically submitted LOI. You are not to contact us directly while we are evaluating the LOI and we do not publish our timetables or guarantee responses to an unsolicited LOI.
Returning grant recipients, who have received support within the last three calendar years and have met reporting expectations, seeking to apply for another grant period may in some circumstances be allowed to by-pass the Letter of Interest protocols, obtain the password from our office, and enter it below to receive one of two application packets:
1. The 2022 Regular Grant Program's application packet is for organizations that are not in our shelter & food security program but have been invited to submit an application in 2022. The packet is materially the same as in 2021.
2. The 2022 Shelter & Food Security Program's application packet is the exclusive application packet for any qualified charity addressing housing, shelter and/or food security matters. Further details are provided inside the packet.