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Miller-Dwan Foundation Innovations Fund

Grants to Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan
Nonprofits in Eligible Regions for Health and Wellness

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Miller-Dwan Foundation

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Grants to nonprofit organizations and healthcare facilities in Northeastern Minnesota, Northwestern Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to improve health and wellness. Applicants must contact program staff before applying.

The goal of the Foundation is to improve people’s health and wellness both locally and in the surrounding region. Healthy lifestyles are encouraged and supported while prioritizing larger healthcare-related collaborative efforts for greater systemic impact. Community and hospital-based programs are supported, including promising solutions for diagnosed medical conditions that align with the Foundation's mission.

Funding Focuses:
-Healthcare services (vs. human services/social services)
-Improved health outcomes
-Miller-Dwan Foundation-identified health need initiatives
-Related to Miller-Dwan Foundation focus areas including burn, wound and pain care; cancer care; behavioral health; physical rehabilitation; and surgical services.

Eligible Activities Include:
-Larger collaborative efforts that will reliably maximize multi-entity funding to address systemic change
-Program and project support
-Talent and training (with a strong preference for local trainings impacting multiple parties)
-Endowment related to the provision of direct healthcare services
-Ongoing operating support and/or overhead for programs providing direct health care services within the Foundation's priority areas
-Funding that creates capacity and builds staying power

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175302

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

-The organization must be classified as a charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; or classified as an organization under Section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code; or have an eligible fiscal agent.

-The organization must be located in, or providing services in, northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin. If you are located outside the Foundation's service area, you must be able to demonstrate collaborative and/or non-duplicative activities.

Funded organizations:
- Organizations that meet the funding focuses
- Strong, stable, well-lead organizations
- Organizations seeking greater capacity and systemic impact

Generally Not Funded:
-Individuals (aside from Abilities First funding)
-Americans with Disabilities Act retrofitting
-Building construction
-Individual continuing education/conference attendance
-Animal research
-Services in conflict/competition with hospital programs and priorities
-Services deemed overly duplicative
-Fundraising activities
-Religious organizations for religious activities
-Activities where participation is restricted to a specific religion(s)
-Debt reduction/retirement
-Political organizations or campaigns, lobbying or organizations prioritizing significant legislative influence

Pre-Application Information:

Grant requests are accepted online only during two grant cycles. The Minnesota Common Grant Application is not accepted.

-March 1 for a board decision in April
-September 1 for a board decision in October

Organizations interested in applying for funding should review the Miller-Dwan Foundation website and contact Joan Oswald, Grants Specialist, at the Foundation office to discuss their project idea and assess their eligibility.

If eligible, you will be directed to the appropriate fund and provided a code to access the online application system.

How to Apply:
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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

Joan Oswald, Grants Specialist
(218) 786-1504

Miller-Dwan Foundation
502 East Second Street
Duluth, MN 55805
P: (218) 786-5829

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Michigan: Upper Peninsula ;   Minnesota: Northeastern area;   Wisconsin: Northwestern area