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Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits in Eligible Locations for Social Justice Initiatives

Miller Innovation Fund


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Geographic Focus
USA: Massachusetts: Greater Boston and Eastern region

Important Dates
LOI Date: 04/17/23
Deadline: 06/19/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $50,000 to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for social justice initiatives. Applicants must contact program staff and submit a concept paper prior to a final proposal. Funding is also focused on strengthening community infrastructure. The Foundation supports civic engagement, advocacy, and community organizing in Greater Boston and Eastern Massachusetts.
The Herman and Frieda L. Miller Foundation supports organizing and advocacy for social justice in Eastern Massachusetts. It established the Miller Innovation Fund to complement its grantmaking and explore new approaches in the social sector.

The Fund seeks approaches that problem-solve, experiment, and test new ideas that can lead to breakthroughs in serving people that have been poorly engaged, served, or supported by existing institutions. At a more visionary level, the Fund hopes that some projects will help seed an agenda for reform.

This year’s Miller Innovation Fund grants will support work advancing systems change in human service delivery systems. These systems help people navigate difficult and challenging circumstances, such as lack of housing, violence, immigration or refugee status, health care, foster care, disabilities, recovery, mental well-being, or incarceration.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must be 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations working in Massachusetts. Large organizations, academic institutions, national organizations, or consultants may only apply with a community partner as the lead organization.

The fund is not in a position to support:
- Day to day work of organizations
- Organizational support or recovery resulting from the pandemic
- Startup of new organizations

Pre-Proposal Conference
Prospective applicants are encouraged to join a brief informational call on Wednesday, March 22nd at 1:00pm ET. This call will review the mission and process of the Fund. It will also highlight what it has learned over the years about what makes a compelling application for support.

Register for the optional informational call by clicking here:

Pre-Application Information
Applicants can submit 2-3 page concept papers describing the project, its outcomes, and a budget summary. Concept papers must be submitted by Monday, April 17th using the GMA Foundations Online Application System. Use access code innovate23 to submit your concept application.

Based on the concept papers, invited applicants only will submit proposals using the online platform maintained by GMA Foundations by Monday, June 19th deadline.

Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Grants will range from $25,000 to $50,000

Term of Contract
Projects lasting up to three years may be considered, with years two and three awarded based on successful performance.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Direct questions to:
Prentice Zinn, 617-391-3091

Duey Kol, 617- 391-3074

The Herman and Frieda Miller Foundation
c/o GMA Foundations
2 Liberty Square, Suite 500
Boston, MA 02109

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