Arts (Large Org.)

Deadline:
Deadline:
3x per year
• Annual Expenses:
Annual Expenses:
$500,000+
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Overview

Miller Foundation arts grants support those who put "art at the heart" of their work. We also fund other types of organizations that deliver ongoing arts or arts education programming. Together, we can help the arts play a key role in all our Oregon communities.

Deadline and response time

We accept applications three times annually. The first step is to complete our Inquiry Form. We will notify you if a full application is invited.

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

Organizations requesting Arts or Arts Education funding through our Standard Process have minimum annual operating expenses of $500,000.

Grant duration options

Applicants may apply for one, two, or three years of support. However, please note that newer applicants are unlikely to receive multi-year support. We recommend first-time applicants request a one-year grant.

  • If you have a 5-year history of grant funding with Miller, you are eligible to apply for up to 3 years of support.
  • For those applicants with a grant history of between 2-4 years of funding, you are eligible to apply for up to 2 years of support.

Grant history can be non-sequential. (i.e. Past funding does not need to have been in 5 consecutive years.)

Request amounts

Our operating support grants typically represent between 3-5% of an organization’s annual operating expenses.
(We consider an average of the organization's expenses over recent years).

Here are typical examples of how our operating support grants are commonly funded:

  • If an organization's annual expenses are under $1 million, then the grant amount would likely be up to 5% of those expenses.
  • If an organization's annual expenses are between $1-2 million, then the grant amount would likely be up to 4% of those expenses.
  • If an organization's annual expenses are over $2 million, then the grant amount would likely be up to 3% of those expenses. (Please note, our typical maximum for operating support grants is $150,000.)

A note to broader-missioned organizations:

For those broader organizations working beyond Arts activities: Our operating support grant amounts are based on the portion of your organization budget dedicated to Arts activities.

Please feel free to reach out to our program team at grants@millerfound.org if you have questions about how much to request. We are happy to discuss an appropriate amount. 

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 K-12 Arts Education programs. You have a greater chance of receiving Miller funding for your Arts Education programming if your programs meet any of the criteria below.

K-12 Arts Education

  • 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.

Please be sure to review the list of activities that are ineligible for funding.

Types of support

Our Operating Support grants typically support organizations with missions that are focused solely in the Arts and K-12 Arts Education. The Miller Foundation understands that funding general operations is the best way to help organizations thrive. Our Standard Application Process provides general operating support to provide you with maximum flexibility in doing your work. 

Miller Foundation operating support grants can be used for a grantee's operating expenses. Examples:

  • 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.

For special opportunities in need of project support, we recommend that project support request amounts not exceed 10% of the organization’s overall annual budget, nor significantly exceed previous grants from Miller. We are unlikely to fund the entirety of a project’s costs.

Examples of special opportunities for project support grants:​

  • Expanding infrastructure, including marketing, fundraising or technical support
  • Addition of a new paid staff position
  • Discreet capacity building activities
  • Partnerships, mergers and acquisitions
  • Special opportunities/change capital

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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