Grants

The Brewers Association (BA) is proud to fund grants in support of BA member breweries. Supporting research that aligns with member priorities ensures a sustainable and profitable future for U.S. small and independent breweries.

Craft Beer Research and Service Grants

The Brewers Association (BA) accepts research and service grant proposals annually.

Proposals for 2022 funding will be accepted from March 1 – May 31, 2021. Please be aware that due to budget reductions related to the the COVID-19 pandemic, funding amounts will be extremely limited for 2022 research projects. Please contact Chuck Skypeck for additional information.

Since 2015, over 90 projects have been funded by the BA, amounting to a total investment of more than $2 million. In 2020, 13 grants were funded, totaling almost $400,000.

Funding priorities include hop and malt research, safety and sustainability-related projects, however all projects will be considered for funding by the BA Technical Committee. In recent years BA funding has supported research and service grants for public barley and hop variety development, hop disease and hop aroma, as well as supporting affiliated national and state-level grower organizations. Projects which appeal to more than one area in particular are welcome. For example, development of hop or barley grower best practice guidance, based on resource use analysis to improve sustainable growth.

Sustainability priorities include (but are not limited to):

  • Understanding best practices and payback in hop and barley production which enhance soil sequestration of GHGs
  • Bench marking malt house water and energy utility intensity rates
  • Comparative study of the quality outcomes of hops packaged and stored in recyclable alternatives to mylar foils over time
  • Model likely shifts in North American barley and hop production regions, and likely economic outcomes, due to climate change, and given ongoing crop industry research and breeding efforts that address changing climate
  • Research environmentally alternative to current clean in place chemicals commonly used in the brewing industry

Sustainability

Supply Chain priorities include (but are not limited to):

  • What concentration and combination of compounds found in beer result in aluminum can liner failure?
  • Deeper understanding biotransformation of bound thiol to free thiol in hops
  • Develop indexes for yeast strain potential to cause biotransformation of hop oil components
    • such as thiols and others
    • hop oil unsaturated fatty acids into methyl esters, by variety
  • Breeding 2-row winter and spring barley varieties for all-malt brewing
  • Investigating the biotransformation of hop oil unsaturated fatty acids into methyl esters, by variety

Ingredients

Draught Beer Quality priorities include (but are not limited to):

  • Validate or disprove current draught line cleaning recommendations found in the Draught Beer Quality Manual
  • Assess the impacts of various materials and components used in draught systems
  • Identify the components in varying craft beer styles that contribute to the development of biofilm in draught beer lines

Draught Beer


The BA welcomes your proposals for research or in answer to any BA-initiated request for proposals (RFPs). For additional information read Research and Service Grants Proposal Guidelines.

Please note BA policy does not allow Institutional Overhead, Indirect Costs (“IDC”), or Facilities and Administration (“F&A”) charges on grant funding provided by the BA. Read the BA Research and Service Grant Funding Policies.

Diversity and Inclusion Event Grants

Program Snapshot

  • Maximum Award Amount:
    25% of the event budget up to $5,000.
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  • Eligibility:
    Individuals and organizations. Priority given to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.
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  • Proposals Submission Window:
    Accepted on a rolling basis from May 10, 2021 through November 1, 2021.
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  • Lead Time:
    Proposals should be submitted at least 6 weeks prior to the date of the event.
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  • Notification Date:
    Notification of receipt will be provided within 5 business days of submission. Funding decisions will be provided within 30 days following notification of receipt.
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  • Contact:
    Inquiries related to this program can be directed to J Jackson-Beckham – drj@brewersassociation.org.
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Three women and one man holding beer and smiling.
Lindsey, Adrian, Jessica, and Alma Vargas at Suave Fest (Photo courtesy of Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The Brewers Association is proud to fund event grants in support of local and regional events that thoughtfully and intentionally promote and foster a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive craft beer community. The Brewers Association Philanthropy and Outreach Subcommittee invites grant proposals from individuals and organizations ​who are planning virtual, in-person, or hybrid events that will take place in 2021.

Want a quick overview of how to apply? Watch our informational session on this program from members of the Philanthropy and Outreach Subcommittee.

About the Diversity and Inclusion Event Grants


Funding Priorities

Funding priorities for the Diversity and Inclusion Event Grants program are for events that work to create a more inclusive and diverse craft brewing community for brewers, industry partners, and beer lovers everywhere.

2019 Hop Forward Fair in Boston, Mass. (Photo courtesy of Mass Bay Brewing Company)

For the purposes of this program, an “event” is defined as a synchronous experience or activity that encourages collaboration, connection, and demonstrates inclusion.

Possible Event Proposals

  • Beer festivals
  • Film festivals
  • Music festivals
  • Beer and food pairing events
  • Agricultural fairs and celebrations
  • Ethnic and cultural heritage festivals
  • Neighborhood and community celebrations
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation festivals
  • Job fairs
  • Conferences
  • Learning experiences

Strategic Goals for the Diversity and Inclusion Event Grant Program

  1. Increasing access to and responsible appreciation of craft beer for underrepresented populations and those who have experienced barriers to access to the broader craft brewing community.
  2. Promoting employment and ownership opportunities in the craft brewing community for members of underrepresented populations and those in the craft brewing community who have experienced barriers to access and advancement.
  3. Events that celebrate the diversity of the craft brewing community and increase the visibility of underrepresented groups and experiences.
  4. Events that increase the cultural competence and increase the adoption of diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices among members of the broader craft brewing community.
  5. Events that leverage the strengths of the craft brewing community to fight injustice, eliminate disparities, and provide solutions to an array of challenges that impact those who produce and enjoy craft beer.

Past Grant Awards

2020 Grant Awards

Due to budget reductions and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Brewers Association’s Diversity and Inclusion Event Grants program was suspended from March 2020 to May 2021. Any 2020 recipients who intend to hold awarded events that were cancelled or postponed in 2021 should contact J Jackson-Beckham – drj@brewersassociation.org.

Suave Fest
Raices Brewing Company
Denver, Colo.

FemAle Brew Fest
FemAle Brew Fest
Dania Beach, Fla.

Bold Women and Beer Festival
Bold Women and Beer
Philadelphia, Pa.

Open Hands 48 Film Festival
Left Hand Brewing Foundation
Longmont, Colo.

DOPETOBERFEST
Crowns & Hops
Los Angeles, Calif.

Family Afternoons Out
BEERSGIVING
Fort Worth, Texas

Beers With(out) Beards
Hop Culture
Virtual

Dames and Dregs Beer + Festival
Dames and Dregs Beer + Festival
Atlanta, Ga.

Beer Culture Summit
Chicago Brewseum
Virtual

ColdXela 2020
Gumball Foundation & SoCalCerveceros Homebrew Club
Los Angeles, Calif.

Biere de Femme
Pink Boots Society – St. Louis Chapter
St Charles, Mo.

HeART and Soul Brew Fest
Like the Fruit, LLC
Richmond, Va.

Brewers of Pennsylvania Symposium
Brewers of Pennsylvania
State College, Pa.

Samuel D. Outlaw Blacksmith Shop Memorial Museum Grand Opening
Samuel D. Outlaw Blacksmith Shop Memorial Museum
Onancock, Va.


2019 Grant Awards

Tapping Opportunity
Great Lakes Brewing Company
Cleveland, Ohio

Beers With(out) Beards
Hop Culture
Brooklyn, N.Y.

HeART and Soul Brew Fest
Like the Fruit, LLC
Richmond, Va.

Suave Fest
Raices Brewing Company
Denver, Colo.

Fresh Fest Beer Fest
Fresh Fest Beer Fest, LLC
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Craft Beer Employment Fair
Mass Bay Brewing Company
Boston, Mass.


Grant Proposal Guidelines

Budget Year

The budget year for the 2021 Diversity and Inclusion Event Grant cycle is abbreviated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It runs from May 10 thru December 31.

Duration of Funding

Funding commitments are for an event or series of events that will be completed by the end of the budget year.

Eligibility

  • All individuals and organizations are eligible to apply. However, priority is given to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.
  • An applicant may not submit multiple proposals under this announcement. The Brewers Association will consider parent organizations and their subordinates to be a single entity for purposes of eligibility. If for any reason a proposal is submitted more than once before the deadline, the Brewers Association will only accept your most recent submission.
    • Organizations who have previously been award funding through Diversity and Inclusion Event Grants program are eligible to apply. However, events that have been awarded for two contiguous funding cycles must take a year off before resubmitting a proposal.

Maximum Award Amount

Requested funds should not exceed 25% of the proposed budget and may be awarded up to $5,000.

Proposal Submission Window

Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis from May 10, 2021, through November 1, 2021.

Lead Time

Proposals should be submitted at least six (6) weeks prior to the date of the event.

Notification Date

Notification of receipt will be provided within 5 business days of submission. Funding decisions will be provided within 30 days following notification of receipt.

Adherence to BA Policies

Event organizers, vendors, and volunteers must adhere to the Brewers Association Code of Conduct, and all marketing collateral, social media messaging, signage, and communications about the event must adhere to the Brewers Association Marketing and Advertising Code.

Contact

All questions and inquiries related to the Diversity & Inclusion Event Grants program should be directed to J Jackson-Beckham – drj@brewersassociation.org. Additionally, Brewers Association members may find more information and discussion about this program on the DEI board in the BA Forums.


How to Apply

Read the 2021 Announcement of Funding Opportunity, Terms and Conditions for Awards, and Reporting Requirements for Awards carefully before beginning your proposal. You may additionally register to attend an upcoming Diversity and Inclusion Event Grants Crowdcast Information Session (date and time TBD).

Proposal Checklist

Follow the instructions outlined in the 2021 Announcement of Funding Opportunity and BrewersAssociation.org. Make sure that all required information is present. Incomplete proposals will not be considered for funding.

Applicant Information

  • Name and title of the contact person for your proposal.
  • Information (physical address, email address, and phone number) for the contact person for your proposal.
  • Name of the organization serving as event host or organizer.
  • Information (physical address, website, and social media accounts) for the organization serving as event host or organizer.
  • Nonprofit status of the organization serving as event host or organizer.

Proposed Event Information

  • Proposed event details (event name, event location and/or virtual platform, event venue).
  • Narrative description of the proposed event that includes.
    • A statement of the event’s mission or purpose.
    • A description of how this event will foster a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive craft beer community.
    • A description of the anticipated audience and attendance.
  • Evidence supporting ability to execute a successful event.
  • Evidence of a market for the event and community support.
  • Verification of event insurance and detailed security plan.
    • The Brewers Association must be included among additional insured endorsements on the insurance policy. 

Funding Request Information

  • Description of the anticipated impact of the award on event.
  • Requested funding amount.
  • Proposed event budget.

COVID-19 Addendum

  • Provide a plan for meeting venue-based, municipal, county, state and federal guidelines for COVID-19 precautions.

Submit your proposal materials on BrewersAssociation.org. You will receive a confirmation that your proposal has been received within five business days of submission.

Beers With(out) Beards 2019 in Brooklyn, NY (Photo courtesy of Grace Weitz/Hop Culture)

Terms and Conditions for Awards

Utilization of Grant Funds

Grant funds must be used in accordance with the event detailed in your proposal.

Non-Disclosure of Grant Awards

The amount granted is not permitted to be shared publicly.

Pre-Event Requirements

An update detailing any changes to the event insurance, beer service plans, security plans, and COVID-19 addendum must be filed with the Brewers Association at least 30 days prior to the event.

BA Event Access

Complimentary passes/admission will be provided to Brewers Association staff or board/committee members who wish to attend and observe the event.

Pay It Forward Opportunity

If requested, and if schedules permit, present on the event at a grant recipient panel seminar at CBC 2022 (May 2-5 in Minneapolis, Minn.).

Acknowledgement of Funds

Brewers Association financial support of any and all funded projects must be acknowledged in collateral and communications related to the project as agreed upon. The Brewers Association logo should be used when appropriate and with permission. The Brewers Association must additionally be listed as a sponsor and its logo must be included with permission, when appropriate, on all collateral and promotional materials. The Independent Craft Brewer Supporter Seal should be included, when appropriate, on all collateral and promotional materials.


Reporting Requirements for Awards

Recipients are required to submit a post-event event grant report within 60 days of the conclusion of the proposed event. The post-event grant report should include a brief narrative summary and multimedia (photo, video, and/or audio) records of the event.

Post-Event Grant Report Checklist

Narrative Checklist

  • A summary of the event.
  • The number of attendees/participants, staff, and volunteers, and the demographics of these groups if available.
  • Accomplishments, outcomes, and fulfillment of the proposed mission.
  • Challenges and changes to the event as proposed.
  • Final budget vs. actuals balance sheet.
  • Links to any press or media reporting of the event(s).

Multimedia Checklist

  • Provide at least ten (10) high-resolution photographs depicting scenes of in-person events in progress. Provide screenshots of virtual events in progress.
  • (OPTIONAL) Provide video or audio recordings of the event.
  • (OPTIONAL) Provide written, video, audio, or social media testimonials from attendees of the event with contact information.

Submit a Proposal

General Guidelines for Preparing Proposals

  • Make the connection between the grant program’s funding priorities and your event early and often.
  • Start early and make time to ask for assistance if needed. We are happy to help!
  • Make sure you answer all questions and provide all supporting documentation requested.
  • Be brief, explicit, and specific when writing your narratives.
  • Be realistic in designing the event and budget.
  • Make the case that you have the knowledge, resources, and experience to execute a successful event.