Arts (Small Org.)

Deadline:
Deadline:
Apply Anytime
• Annual Expenses:
Annual Expenses:
$25,000
-
$499,999

Overview

Our Fast Track grants fund organizations statewide that deliver visual, performing, media, literary, or interdisciplinary artistic programming, performances or exhibits, arts services, or arts education. Fast Track Arts grants provide Operating Support. We know that funding general operations is the best way to help arts organizations thrive.

Deadline and response time

Apply for a Fast Track Arts grant anytime - applications are accepted year-round. Typically, you will be notified of a grant decision within 4-6 weeks.

Mark your calendars

3rd Cycle for 2022
Inquiry Form opens:
Sep
26
Inquiry Form due:
Oct
21
Invited Application due:
Dec
9
Recipients notified:
Jan
31
1st Cycle for 2023
Inquiry Form opens:
Jan
30
Inquiry Form due:
Feb
17
Invited Application due:
Mar
10
Recipients notified:
May
30
2nd Cycle for 2023
Inquiry Form opens:
May
29
Inquiry Form due:
Jun
16
Invited Application due:
Jul
7
Recipients notified:
Sep
26
3rd Cycle for 2023
Inquiry Form opens:
Sep
25
Inquiry Form due:
Oct
20
Invited Application due:
Dec
8
Recipients notified:
Jan
30
3rd Cycle for 2022
Inquiry Form opens:
Sep
26
Inquiry Form due:
Oct
21
Invited Application due:
Dec
9
Recipients notified:
Jan
31
1st Cycle for 2023
Inquiry Form opens:
Jan
30
Inquiry Form due:
Feb
17
Invited Application due:
Mar
10
Recipients notified:
May
30
2nd Cycle for 2023
Inquiry Form opens:
May
29
Inquiry Form due:
Jun
16
Invited Application due:
Jul
7
Recipients notified:
Sep
26
3rd Cycle for 2023
Inquiry Form opens:
Sep
25
Inquiry Form due:
Oct
20
Invited Application due:
Dec
8
Recipients notified:
Jan
30

Minimum annual expenses

The minimum allowable annual operating expense for eligibility is $25,000. This excludes any expenses covered through in-kind.

Grant duration options

  • Applicants with less than 5 years of past grant funding from the Miller Foundation are eligible for one year of support.
  • Applicants with 5+ years of past grant funding from the Miller Foundation are eligible for two years of support.

Request amounts

Fast Track Grant amounts are determined by the Foundation and will range from 4-7% based on your annual operating expenses and your organization’s alignment with our funding priorities.

Specific eligibility considerations

Because the Miller Foundation believes that every child should have access to a well-rounded education that includes the arts, our Arts grants also support Arts Education programs. You have a greater chance of receiving Miller funding for your Arts Education programming if your programs meet any of these criteria:

  • You provide non-school based sequential arts education specifically engaging youth who face economic, geographic, or other barriers to participation.
  • You work in partnership with public schools to provide arts education where such programming would otherwise be unavailable.
  • You connect young people with professional teaching artists.
  • You provide culturally specific arts education.

Activities we fund

Please consult our Arts page for details on the types of activities we fund. Also be sure to review the list of activities we don't fund below.

Types of support

Fast Track Arts grants provide Operating Support. These Operating Support grants typically support organizations with missions that are focused solely in our funding areas of Arts, Arts Education, or K-12 Education. 

Smaller organizations (annual expenses of less than $500,000) that have broader missions but that allocate more than 25% of their annual expenses to significant & ongoing Arts or Arts Education activities are eligible to receive Operating Support through our Fast Track Arts program.  If funded, the Operating Support grant amount would be based on the percentage of their budgeted expenses related to Arts or Arts Education.

Operating Support - Allowable Expenses

  • Artist or contractor fees
  • Staff wages
  • Rent/utilities
  • Technology
  • Performance, presentation, or exhibit expenses
  • Marketing and fundraising
  • Production or exhibition equipment
  • General business expenses

Expenses not considered operating support include debt repayment and capital campaigns.

Activities we don't fund

We value your time. To keep staff, grantwriters, and volunteers from applying for something we don't currently fund, please see the list below.

Projects that we do not currently fund include:
  • ​​Capital purchase and permanently installed (non-movable) equipment
  • Facilities construction
  • Debt relief and endowment
  • Colleges and universities
  • Religious institutions and programs significantly shaped by religious affiliation (with rare exceptions for religiously-affiliated schools providing tuition-free opportunities to specific student populations)
  • General operating support requests from fiscally-sponsored organizations
  • General operating support requests from organizations with missions that are not specifically arts- or K12 education-focused, even if those organizations offer arts or K12 education programming.

The Miller Foundation has collaborated with the Oregon Community Foundation and the Oregon Arts Commission to fund individual artists. Specifically, we participated in funding the Artist Relief Program and the Artist Resilience Program as part of our COVID-19 response efforts.

WHAT'S NEXT: In 2024, the Miller Foundation will begin providing grants directly to Individual Artists. Stay informed: sign up for our newsletter.

Projects that we do not currently fund include:
  • Museums whose primary focus is not art (except for culturally specific museums)
  • Art therapy/arts programming in therapeutic settings
  • Arts programming in correctional settings
  • Scholarships or tickets to performances
  • Historical societies
  • After-school arts enrichment programs
  • Requests from individual schools or classrooms for in-school arts projects or programs (arts education courses, assemblies, school trips to performances, school clubs, art materials, or musical instruments)
  • Recreational camps and summer programs
  • Festivals, either single-focus or culturally specific, with the exception of festivals where the primary focus is art (film, music, visual art, literary arts, etc.)
Projects that we do not currently fund include:
  • Social service supports, including foster care and juvenile justice programs
  • Adult education, including adult literacy programs
  • Environmental or physical education, including sports
  • School garden/ecology projects
  • STEM-focused education
  • After-school enrichment programs such as Boys & Girls Clubs
  • Scholarships or tuition assistance
  • Traditional, tuition-based private schools where most students pay tuition
  • Pre-K/Early Learning supports (we fund these only by foundation-led initiative)
  • Parenting/Caregiver education (as distinct from school-based family engagement)
  • Food and housing assistance for families
  • Recreational camps and summer programs (except for programs addressing academic disparities or summer learning loss)
  • Museums (except statewide institutions with extensive K-12 education programming)
  • Standalone career skills development
  • Higher Education institutions

Take your next steps!

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  • Create your account on our grants portal.
  • Take our Eligibility Quiz to see if you qualify.
  • Apply for a grant if you're a fit!
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