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Brown-Forman Grant

Grants to USA, Ontario, Puerto Rico, and International
Nonprofits in Eligible Areas to Benefit Local Communities

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Foundation / Corporation

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Deadline Date:

02/01/18 Receipt


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Grants to USA, Ontario, Puerto Rico, and International nonprofit organizations to positively impact communities where the funding source has a business presence. Eligible USA communities are located in California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas. Applications will be considered from organizations providing programs in the areas of arts and culture, diversity, health and human services, alcohol responsibility, education, and the environment.

Brown-Forman’s objective is to work within community development goals to improve the personal, social, and economic health of its communities of operation and to improve the operating context of Brown-Forman. The organizations and programs in which it invest should be catalysts for change that make Brown-Forman’s communities of operation more sustainable, healthy, and economically vibrant.

Proposals that address community development goals and that can provide a sound basis of measurement towards those goals will receive preferential consideration.

In Brown-Forman’s operations outside of the greater Louisville area, Brown-Forman is committed to supporting organizations that strengthen community infrastructure. The company invests in communities in which it has significant operations with the goal of building capacity that creates long-term improvement of community conditions and an improved operating environment for Brown-Forman.

Brown-Forman values coalition-building efforts and partnerships that support the sustainable business goals of the company and community development goals.

Focus Areas:

Education: Grants are given to approved educational institutions that support Brown-Forman’s business practices, research, employee growth, and enrichment, as well as impactful community development.

Environment: Grants are given to approved organizations that teach or support environmental education practices, sustainability initiatives, and preservation of land and historic properties.

Health & Social Services: The Company has historically supported the United Way and its member organizations. In addition, grants have been given to agencies that help to build a strong, healthy community and enrich the lives of its citizens.

Arts & Culture: Brown-Forman is a leader in supporting a robust artistic community in its headquarters town of Louisville, Kentucky, through contributions to the Fund for the Arts, as well as grants to individual arts organizations.

Responsibility: Brown-Forman supports nonprofits and non-government organizations (NGOs) that promote responsible enjoyment of its brands. Brown-Forman believes in being proactive in promoting responsible consumption and places great importance on its ability to meet social expectations.

The committee also takes into consideration other factors in determining grant approvals, such as: diversity, community impact, employee involvement, and business benefit.

The committee will occasionally consider proposals outside of the regular guidelines. Such grants are considered by invitation only.

The primary geographic focus of Brown-Forman philanthropy is in its headquarters city of Louisville, Kentucky, and surrounding areas, as well as other communities around the world where Brown-Forman employees live and work.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180321

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The organization, or the fiscal sponsor, must be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and operated exclusively for charitable, scientific, or educational purposes.

The following organizations are specifically excluded from receiving grants:
-Religious organizations such as churches and synagogues, or religious activities.
-Political or lobbying organizations or those supporting the candidacy of a particular individual.
-Third parties seeking donations on behalf of nonprofit organizations. The donation must be made directly to a nonprofit rather than, for example, to the business partner making a request on behalf of a nonprofit organization.
-Individuals, public schools (K-12), or group tours.
-Athletic teams or leagues.
-Past grantees that have failed to provide charitable contributions acknowledgement forms or other required documentation.

Priority is given to organizations located in a community where the company has employees. More information about Brown-Forman operations may be found here:

Brown-Forman USA locations include:
-California: Newport Beach, Pleasanton, San Rafael, and Windsor
-Florida: Coral Gables
-Georgia: Atlanta
-Kentucky: Louisville and Versailles
-Massachusetts: Braintree
-Maryland: Baltimore
-New York: Hauppauge
-Ohio: Jackson
-Tennessee: Lynchburg, Nashville, and Waynesboro
-Texas: Dallas and Irving
-Puerto Rico: Guaynabo

Brown-Forman International locations include:
-China: Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Shenzhen
-India: Gurgaon and Haryana
-Indonesia: Bali, Jakarta Selatan, and Surabaya
-Japan: Tokyo
-South Korea: Busan and Seoul
-Taiwan: Kaohsiung, Taichung, and Taipei
-Thailand: Bangkok
-Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City
-South Africa: Cape Town
-Australia, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney
-Bulgaria: Sofia
-Czech Republic: Prague
-Finland: Helsink and Iimajoki
-France: Cour-Cheverny, Loire Valley, and Paris,
-Germany: Hamburg
-Greece: Athens
-Ireland: Dublin
-Italy: Milan
-Poland: Warsaw
-Romania: Bucharest
-Russia: Moscow
-Serbia: Belgrade
-Slovenia: Ljubijana
-Spain: Alcobendas and Barcelona
-Turkey: Istanbul
-Ukraine: Kiev
-United Kingdom: London
-Netherlands: Amsterdam
-UAE: Dubai
-Canada: Ontario:
-Mexico: Amatitán, Guadalajara, Huexotitla, Leon, Mexico City, Monterrey, Tlalnepantla,
-Brazil: Sao Paulo

Pre-Application Information:

Submission Deadline
-May 1
-July 1
-October 1
-February 1

Review Meeting

Requests are reviewed on a quarterly basis, so it is important to submit a request within a minimum of three months in advance of an activity. A written response will be provided when a decision on the request is made.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Newport Beach, Pleasanton, San Rafael, and Windsor;   Florida: Coral Gables;   Georgia: Atlanta;   Kentucky: Louisville and Versailles;   Maryland: Baltimore;   Massachusetts: Braintree;   New York: Hauppauge;   Ohio: Jackson;   Tennessee: Lynchburg, Nashville, and Waynesboro;   Texas: Dallas and Irving

USA Territories: Puerto Rico (USA)

Canada: Ontario

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.