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Grant Programs

The Miller Foundation believes in supporting our applicants every step of the way. Organizations can apply for funding for arts and K-12 education activities in Oregon.

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Welcome! Are you trying to figure out if your organization or project is a fit for Miller funding?

Who is eligible

  • Oregonians: We fund organizations in Oregon with activities in arts or K-12 education.
  • Established: Organizations can apply after providing programs or services to the community for 3 years or more.
  • Charitable: Applicants can be 501(c)(3) organizations, public entities, tribal or municipal governments, schools, or school districts. We sometimes fund work that has a fiscal sponsor.

We provide operating support and we also fund projects. To help our grantees succeed, we offer a flexible partnership model with single- and multi-year grants.

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When you can apply

  • Apply once per year: Organizations that do not have current open grants with Miller may apply once in a 12-month period.
  • Submit final reports: Organizations with current open grants with the Foundation are eligible to re-apply after submitting their final report.
  • Re-Applying: Prior grantees are eligible to reapply 12 months after their last grant decision date (24 or 36 months after a multi-year grant award decision).

See how you fit into our funding world by clicking on your organization's category below. From there, we'll guide you through what you need to know to apply!

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Deadline:

Apply Anytime

Arts (Small Org.)

For organizations with
annual expenses of:

$25,000

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$499,999

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Deadline:

3x per year

K-12 Education

For organizations with
annual expenses of:

$25,000+

-

Several folks playing taiko drums

Deadline:

3x per year

Arts (Large Org.)

For organizations with
annual expenses of:

$500,000+

-

Arts (Small Org.)

Learn More

K-12 Education

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Additional funding opportunities

Artist Grants
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Fiscal Sponsorship
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Special Exceptions
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Some special exceptions

The Miller Foundation currently funds several statewide institutions whose scope of activities extend beyond our current arts and education priorities, but which provide important support to these sectors. We fund Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, the High Desert Museum, and the Oregon Coast Aquarium because they provide students and teachers a "classroom like no other" through on-site experiences, online resources, and teacher professional development, all of which connect to core academic subjects in our state’s schools. Oregon Public Broadcasting provides critical coverage of the arts and education in Oregon, keeping both those sectors and the general public informed and engaged.

Mark your calendars

Artist Grants
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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. In 2024, the Miller Foundation will begin providing grants directly to individual artists. Stay informed: sign up for our newsletter.

Fast Track Grants
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Fast Track Grants, for arts organizations with operating expenses between $25,000-500,000, have no relevant due dates, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Standard Grants
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Cycle:

3rd Cycle for 2022

Inquiry Form opens:
Sep
26
Inquiry Form due:
Oct
21
Invited Application due:
Dec
9
Recipients notified:
Jan
31

Cycle:

1st Cycle for 2023

Inquiry Form opens:
Jan
30
Inquiry Form due:
Feb
17
Invited Application due:
Mar
10
Recipients notified:
May
30

Cycle:

2nd Cycle for 2023

Inquiry Form opens:
May
29
Inquiry Form due:
Jun
16
Invited Application due:
Jul
7
Recipients notified:
Sep
26

Cycle:

3rd Cycle for 2023

Inquiry Form opens:
Sep
25
Inquiry Form due:
Oct
20
Invited Application due:
Dec
8
Recipients notified:
Jan
30

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

Reach out to our team

We love hearing from you and look forward to learning about your work!

We value your time and aim to make our application process easy — so you can get the resources you need.

Contact us any time with questions or to request a meeting.