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.
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.
Organizations requesting Arts or Arts Education funding through our Standard Process have minimum annual operating expenses of $500,000.
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.
Grant history can be non-sequential. (i.e. Past funding does not need to have been in 5 consecutive years.)
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:
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 email@example.com if you have questions about how much to request. We are happy to discuss an appropriate amount.
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
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:
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:
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.