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The Philip S. Miller Grant Program

The Philip S. Miller Grant Program is the legacy of Douglas County businessman and philanthropist Philip Simon Miller and his wife, Jessie. In 1980 the Millers, having no children, established The Philip S. Miller Charitable Trust and named nine beneficiaries to receive an annual cash distribution from income generated by the trust upon their deaths. Trust distributions are to be used “exclusively for charitable, scientific, literary or educational purposes.”

As one of the beneficiaries of the Philip S. Miller Charitable Trust, Douglas County has established the Philip S. Miller Grant Program to administer the funds received from the trust. This program supports a broad array of services designed to enhance the quality of life of Douglas County residents. Income from the Trust varies from year to year.

Application Requirements

All 501(c)3 or 501(c)4 organizations serving Douglas County residents are welcome to apply. The most competitive grant applications will be from organizations providing services that support at-risk children, vulnerable adults or other underserved populations. Strong consideration will be given to applicants that demonstrate solid partnership-building skills and leveraging grants heavily.

Grant applications were due Feb. 7, 2020. The County received 32 applications for Philip S. Miller Trust funds totaling $395,204 in requests.  The applications were from foundations and non-profit organizations providing safety net services benefiting vulnerable adults, seniors, and at-risk youth.  The organizations requested funds for programs that facilitate self-sufficiency, suicide prevention, and address gaps in medical and mental health services.

When applications are received, staff applies criteria to assess the completeness of the application.  The applicant’s non-profit status, organizational structure, and community partners are assessed.  How the applicant leverages funding is reviewed.  The number of residents they plan to assist, population, geographic locations served, other grants received, and eligibility for other fund sources are also considered.  Staff applies these criteria to each application using a weighted scoring tool before making recommendations for the Board of County Commissioners’ consideration.  The Board of County Commissioners approved funding 29 organizations and funds will be distributed to the recipients in early August.  View the list of the organizations, a summary of the applications and the funds awarded.