For all education funding requests, including arts education

*Please note our grants portal is closed as of June 30. Keep up to date with future application deadlines and other NEWS here.

Our Letter of Inquiry process offers a simple two-step process for applicants while providing an opportunity for the Miller Foundation to support the most urgent needs and promising opportunities in the sector. 

All education organizations should use our letter of inquiry (LOI) process regardless of the size of your organizational budget or funding request. This process is also for all arts education requests.


You may submit an LOI anytime from November 2020 through June 30, 2021.


Once your LOI is submitted, it will be reviewed for eligibility and alignment with our funding priorities. We will respond within 4-6 weeks regarding whether or not a full application will be invited.


  • Requests of any size, but typically not more than 10% of your annual operating budget

  • Single or multi-year requests

  • Project, capacity, or general operating support

  • Single organizations or organizations applying for support of collaborative efforts

  • Your organization has a minimum annual expense budget of $25,000 (no maximum).

  • Organizations with current open grants with our Foundation are not eligible to apply.

  • You ARE eligible to apply through this program even if your organization was recently advised to take a break as a result of recent consecutive years of funding from Miller.

  • Applicant organizations must be based in and serving Oregon communities.

  • School Districts, ESDs, and eligible private schools may apply for activities that fall outside of regular operational and personnel expenses. Eligible private schools are those where the majority of students attend tuition-free. For schools and districts participating in an active partnership with community-based partners to support students and families, we encourage the partner organizations (if otherwise eligible) to apply. 

  • Charter and alternative schools are eligible to apply.

  • For arts education requests: arts exposure/enrichment activities are not eligible for Miller funding at this time. We will consider inquiries related to sequential arts learning and arts integration.


Please review our FAQ pages and our education Guiding Principles before starting the letter of inquiry process.

If you still have questions, please email program staff.

For questions about Fast Track requests, please see our FAQ's.  

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.



As part of our application process, you will take an eligibility quiz to be directed to the programs for which you're eligible. 


CLICK HERE to create an account or log in to your existing account in Foundant.