This endowed fund is a memorial to longtime Executive Director Richard S. Brownlee 1960-1985. Starting in 2013 the Brownlee funds were used to pursue works exploring critical times in Missouri history. Historically the Brownlee Fund was presented as grants to individuals and organizations proposing to publish or otherwise document Missouri and its citizens. The Brownlee Fund now sponsors two Center for Missouri Studies Fellowships.
The State Historical Society of Missouri is not accepting applications for Brownlee Fund Grants in 2014.