James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation Grant

Grants to Oregon Nonprofits and
Agencies for Arts and K-12 Education

GrantWatch ID#: 179200
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James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation


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Grants to Oregon nonprofit organizations and government agencies that are primarily working to promote the arts and K-12 education. Funding will be provided for project and capacity-building support. Priorities for each of the two focus areas (arts and K-12 education) are outlined below.

Education Funding Guidelines:

The Foundation directs most of its education funding to K-12 public schools. The Foundation funds partnerships between nonprofit organizations and schools which support improved student learning in core curriculum with measurable results. The Foundation is particularly interested in funding projects that produce demonstrable student success among populations that are performing below state-identified averages.

The Foundation has begun a new initiative with the Children’s Institute to build bridges between early childhood and K-3 educators to prepare our earliest learners for public school. The Foundation’s interest in early childhood education is restricted to this initiative at this time.

Arts Funding Guidelines:

The Foundation accepts arts proposals from organizations that deliver artistic programming, performances or exhibits as their primary mission. For the purposes of these grants, the arts refer broadly to the visual, performing, media, literary, and interdisciplinary art forms.

The Foundation's focus is to assist arts organizations to achieve organizational sustainability through projects that enhance their capacity, efficiency, and creative expression. When appropriate in an organization’s lifespan, the Foundation provides catalytic support to address a needed systemic change.

The Foundation's primary interests in Arts Funding are:

​- Artistic programming
- Audience building and organizational stability
- Strengthening financial capacity

The three primary Arts Funding areas:

- Project Support: designed for specific projects around performances, presentations or exhibits. Project support can include: marketing, fundraising or governance, replacing equipment, a challenge grant to stimulate individual giving, or a new database or other moveable equipment.

- Capacity Building Support: designed to help organizations build and strengthen internal capacity. Depending on the organization’s need and plan, these grants can be up to three years. Examples include: movable equipment purchase that will significantly increase productivity, addition of paid staff, board and staff training, and external consultation.

- Change Capital: From time to time, the Foundation will provide change capital support to an organization for substantial changes in its artistic programming or business model to re-position the institution for greater strength and stability. Organizations considering this type of investment must have a long-standing, successful relationship with the Foundation and must discuss this option with Foundation staff before application.

Single and multi-year grants are awarded.

For Education Grants, the Foundation funds projects one or two years in length. Grantees may be encouraged to take a year break between project grants.


The Foundation makes single and multi-year grants to organizations whose primary mission is to advance the arts or K-12 education in Oregon.

The Miller Foundation only funds organizations in Oregon.

Applicants must:

- Be a governmental entity or a tax-exempt charitable organization
- Have a minimum of three years of successful operation
- Apply only once within a 12-month period, regardless of whether or not a previous proposal was funded.

Specific Eligibility Criteria for Education Grants:

- The Foundation directs most of its education funding to K-12 public schools.
- The Foundation funds partnerships between nonprofit In very few instances, the Foundation funds singular institutions that serve significant teacher and student populations throughout the state.
- In very few instances, the Foundation funds singular institutions that serve significant teacher and student populations throughout the state.

Education Grant Restrictions - The Foundation does not fund:

- Capital projects
- Equipment-only grants
- Institutions of higher education (colleges, universities)
- Private education
- Pre-K education (except by initiative)
- Camps and summer programs
- Physical education or sports
- Environmental education
- After-school enrichment programs
- In-school arts assemblies or school trips to arts performances

Specific Eligibility Criteria for Arts Grants:

The Miller Foundation will support arts organizations throughout the state of Oregon.

Arts Grant Restrictions:

- Recipients of arts project grants in two consecutive fiscal years are not eligible to apply for funds in the following fiscal year.
- The Foundation does not accept proposals for general support, capital purchase, or construction of facilities.
​​- Applications for general operating support for arts organizations are not accepted at this time.

How to Apply:

The Foundation partners with Foundant Technologies to host their online application and grantee portal. If you are a new applicant, you may wish to familiarize yourself with Foundant. Click here to view an application tutorial:

To begin the application process, click on the link below to create an account or log in to your existing account in Foundant. If you're not sure if an account exists for your organization, please contact the Foundation before creating a new account.

To begin your application, select Apply from the main menu on the Applicant Dashboard. Then choose the Application form for either the Arts Funding Grant or Education Funding Grant.

2017 Grant Application Deadlines:

- Monday, January 2nd, 2017 | Grants Reviewed March 2017
- Monday, March 27, 2017 | Grants Reviewed June 2017
- Monday, July 10th, 2017 | Grants Reviewed September 2017
- Monday, October 2nd, 2017 | Grants Reviewed December 2017

Additional Information for Both Arts and Education Grants:

- Eligibility:
- Grant FAQs:
- About the Foundation:

Additional Information for Arts Grants:

- Arts Focus Area:
- How to Apply for an Arts Grant:
- Arts Grant Overview:

Additional Information for Education Grants:

- Education Focus Area:
- How to Apply for an Education Grant:
- Education Grant Overview:

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

Application Portal:

Phone: 503.546.3191

520 SW Yamhill St. Suite 520
Portland, OR 97204

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