IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THE 2023/2024 GRANT CYCLE
Over the past two years, our foundation has responded to the needs of a community undergoing significant change. During the height of the pandemic, we opened up our application process, focused on nonprofits providing responsive and preventative services, provided operational funding, and doubled both the number of grantees and the amount of total funding distributed.
In the past year, as with many other funders, we have experienced losses due to global market volatility. Additionally, we continue to honor large long term capital campaign obligations promised in 2019 that will likely last into 2027. As we move forward, we remember the mission set forth by our founders, Earl and Loraine Miller–to help our community’s children grow up healthy. It is our goal to maintain the ability to support children in the community long into the future.
For the 2023/2024 grant cycle, our approach is concentrated and limited, while still responsive to the needs of our community partners. We have been working to take actions that help nonprofits in ways that transcend funding–building collaborations, connecting like and complementary services, and creating opportunities for nonprofits to obtain critical training and technical support.
This year’s grant applications will look different as a result of challenges nonprofits are facing. We’ve simplified the online forms, removing questions that overlap, eliminating the need to upload financial reports and routine strategic and organizational plans. In order to maximize time spent to apply, we’ve created a separate, less in-depth application for nonprofits requesting $10,000 or less in funding. And, for reporting, we have taken a 13-question form and replaced it with five fundamental questions.
We project the ability to award annual grants in the amount of $25,000 each maximum to approximately 40 applicants this cycle. We welcome questions, comments and, of course, applications.
Our online application process will become available on January 2, 2023. At that time, if you are a new applicant (i.e., have never applied for an annual grant award), please go to bit.ly/Grklu9 to create an account and submit your Letter of Interest. If you are a returning applicant, regardless of whether you’ve received funding or not, please access your grants management portal and log in using your credentials to begin your new application. Returning applicants may use the special Access Code (arriving under separate email) to bypass the Letter of Interest step.
Be sure to apply under the category appropriate for your organization’s request–“$10,000 or less,” or “Over $10,000.”
The last day to apply is March 3, 2023.
THREE CONSECUTIVE YEAR AWARD LIMIT
Please note: In order to best address the needs of our community’s children and provide effective support for our nonprofit partners, we have established a three-year award limit. Beginning with last year’s grant cycle, organizations awarded funding for three consecutive years must refrain from applying for a period of one year. In other words, if your organization receives funding in 2022, 2023 and 2024, you must not apply again until 2026.