​​​​​Innovation Fund​

About the Fund

The Master Brewers Innovation Fund was established in 2023 with the stated goal of reinvesting in the organization in a manner that would benefit the overall membership. Funding is approved by the Board of Governors as part of the Master Brewers fiscal year budgeting process. The funds are to be used for projects that would benefit all Master Brewers membership, particularly in the focus areas of sustainability, brewing process challenges, and quality.

Project Funding

Innovation Funds cover one year of funding, if additional funding is requested beyond a one-year duration, a new proposal must be submitted and will be evaluated for funding. Review the project requirements and budget guidelines prior to submitting your proposal by the submission deadline. 

Who can apply for funds

Master Brewers membership is required of the submitter or project lead. Any member, Master Brewers Committee, or Master Brewers District may apply for project funds. If a committee or district is submitting a funding application, all committee members or the full District Executive Committee must be aware of the application and project. 

Funds may be used for

  • Student/investigator wages
  • Analytical services (in-house or outsourced)
  • Consumables
  • Approved travel up to $2,000
  • Funds are not to be used for the purchase of capital equipment over $2,500
  • Indirect costs will not be covered

Project Review

Project submission will be reviewed by the Innovation Fund Jury and recommended to the Executive Committee for approval.

Submit Your Application

​Applications are accepted through April 15, 2024. The submission window is now closed.


​February 2024

​Call for Innovation Fund proposals opens
​​April 15

​Project submissions deadline
​April - May
​Project submissions reviewed by Innovation Fund Jury
Final grantees approved by the Master Brewers Executive Committee
​Applicants receive notice of their funding status
​Late May
​Grant funds distributed to recipients
*timeline subject to change