ARTS LETTER OF INQUIRY
For arts organizations with annual budgets over $500,000
For organizations with annual budgets under $500,000 requesting over $25,000
We are accepting letters of inquiry for project, capacity, change capital, and general operating support from organizations which have historically delivered visual, performing, media, literary, or interdisciplinary artistic programming, performances or exhibits, including arts education programming for K-12 students. Requests can be for single or multiple years of funding. We rarely fund the entirety of a project or greater than 10% of an organization’s budget.
We understand that arts organizations’ delivery methods have changed dramatically due to the pandemic and we are interested in how your organization is adapting to the impacts of COVID during this time.
While we typically support organizations delivering such programming as their primary mission, we recognize that in many communities, such artistic programming is delivered by cultural organizations that provide a variety of other programs and services as well.
PLEASE NOTE: The efforts our Foundation supports now, in these extraordinary circumstances, may vary from our prior and future arts funding priorities.
Before applying, it may be helpful to refer to the list of activities we typically do not fund.
This program will prioritize the following; however, funding will not be limited to organizations that meet these criteria.
Organizations adopting innovative and adaptive strategies to continue delivering arts programming to their communities.
Partnerships, collaborations and potential merger/acquisitions developed to share resources and audiences, and to achieve efficiencies, stability or sustainability.
Organizations primarily serving communities disproportionately impacted by the pandemic as defined in the State of Oregon's Equity Framework.
Organizations with current open grants with our Foundation are not eligible to apply unless applying in collaboration with organizations not currently funded by Miller.
You ARE eligible to apply through this program even if your organization was recently advised to take a break due to recent consecutive years of funding from Miller.
Debt repayment and capital construction expenditures are NOT eligible expenses.
Applicant organizations must be based in and serving Oregon communities.
Organizations must have been providing programs or services to the community for 3+ years.
ARTS LOI ELIGIBILITY
Grant requests totaling more than $25,000
If your organization’s current fiscal year annual operating budget is less than $500,000 and you are requesting a one-year grant of $25,000 or less, please apply through our
Fast Track program.)
Single organizations or a collaborative project involving multiple organizations, or organizations considering a merger or acquisition
Budget numbers will be based on your current fiscal year if you are applying more than three months from the end of your fiscal year, and based on your next fiscal year budget if you apply less than three months before the end of your fiscal year.
LOI ARTS: HOW TO APPLY
Please review our FAQ pages before starting the letter of inquiry process.
We partner with Foundant Technologies to host our online application and grantee portal. If you are a new applicant, you may wish to familiarize yourself with Foundant. CLICK HERE and select "Grant application tutorial."
You can save your work on your application and log in to continue your work later before submitting.
WONDERING IF YOU'RE ELIGIBLE?
As part of our application process, you will take an eligibility quiz to be directed to the programs for which you're eligible.
TO BEGIN YOUR APPLICATION:
CLICK HERE to create an account or log in to your existing account in Foundant.