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.
The minimum allowable annual operating expense for eligibility is $25,000. This excludes any expenses covered through in-kind.
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.
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 K-12 Arts Education programs. If you provide arts education programming, you have a greater chance of receiving Miller funding if your programs meet any of the criteria below.
K-12 Arts Education
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.
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.
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.
Miller Foundation operating support grants can be used for a grantee's operating expenses. Examples:
Expenses not considered operating support include debt repayment and capital campaigns.
We value your time. To keep staff, grantwriters, and volunteers from applying for something we don't currently fund, please see the list below.
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.