Grants & Grant Guidelines

“We must use our resources to the best advantage in making our community a finer, better, happier one. But our most important role is to set an example, provide an incentive so that others will join to provide a broad base that will make the resulting enterprise truly a community accomplishment.”

Robert B. Miller Sr.
Miller Foundation Founder

Grant Guidelines

The Miller Foundation welcomes proposals from non-profit organizations that serve Battle Creek, Michigan. The Miller Foundation does not make grants to individuals. Grantees, which are not governmental organizations, must be an organization exempt from income tax under Section 501(c) (3). The Miller Foundation will not typically award more than 10% of a given project or program. All organizations that have grants approved MUST have 60% of their board participate in a minimum 2 hour board training either 6 months prior to or 6 months after receiving approval for a grant. The Miller Foundation will offer quarterly board training’s free of charge to eligible potential or current grantees.

Grant Application Process

Letters of Intent

Letters of Intent can be submitted at any time, up to 2 weeks prior to the grant review deadline (for which you choose to apply). If the request is within the scope of the Foundation’s Mission, you will then receive an email (within 7 days) to either proceed to the second step: the Online Grant Application or a denial.

Grant Applications

Use our online grant software to submit your letter of intent or to request a matching grant or CEO grant. Either create an account or sign in here.

Grant Requirements

In order to be eligible for a grant an organization must have 60% of their board attend a minimum of a 2 hour board training either 6 months prior to or 6 months after receiving Miller Foundation funding. The Miller Foundation will be hosting 4 board training’s a year that board members may choose to attend free of charge. If other training’s have been attended, proof will be required.

The Battle Creek non-profit board trainings’ offered by The Miller Foundation can be located on the Board Training section of our webpage.

Review Deadlines

The Miller Foundation Board of Trustees considers grants at their March, July and November/December board meetings, with grant due dates being:

  • February 5th
  • June 5th
  • October 5th