FAQ - Letter of Inquiry

I am coming to Miller for something funded by Miller in the past – do I need to fill out your LOI?

Yes. All organizations requesting over $25,000 will need to submit an LOI.

Can I run my idea by a staff member?

Our small program team is prioritizing rapid responses to our Fast Track requests and Letters of Inquiry. We've tried to anticipate applicant questions in our different FAQ's, so please review them thoroughly before emailing us. Depending on the volume of applications and inquiries we receive, program staff may not have time to correspond regarding individual proposal ideas. We appreciate your patience with our replies.

We have received project or capacity building from Miller in the past. Can we apply for general operating support? If so, for how many years?

Yes, you can apply for general operating funding for up to two years. We recommend you request annual amounts not exceeding 10% of your organization's annual budget.

Can we submit multiple LOI’s? What if we have several projects and don’t know which to apply for?

You can submit only one LOI at a time. If the LOI is declined, you can submit another LOI for a different project. Please remember you can have only one LOI submitted at a time.

Our LOI was approved and we submitted a full application. Can we submit another LOI for another project?

No, you can have only one grant application during this temporary grant program.

We don’t have a full year budget – with everything so uncertain, we are budgeting in increments, depending on when we can open more fully – what should we submit with our funding request?

We understand that many organizations are budgeting with a variety of scenarios. Please send us the documents or budget numbers you are currently working with.

We are an education organization and would like to apply for an innovative and experimental project in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The foundation is open to supporting new ideas and innovations during the pandemic.

We are a relatively new organization. Can we apply?

Applicant organiations should have at least three years of active program/service delivery to the community. If your organization has less than three years of program delivery experience but otherwise are a fit for Miller support, you can consider applying through a fiscal sponsor.

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