The Philip S. Miller Grant Program

2021 Philip S. Miller (PSM) Grant Process

  • The grant deadline has been extended. Applications are due by Friday, March 5 at 5 p.m.
  • Applications now being accepted. To apply for this grant please email Kim Smith at [email protected]

Grant details

  • Applicants must be a 501(c)3 or 501(c)4 organization that serves Douglas County residents.
  • Applicants may apply for a variety of programs, but preference will be given to organizations proposing to provide services and outcomes that address self-sufficiency, at-risk youth, suicide prevention, senior programming, and gaps in medical and mental health services.
  • An evaluation tool will be utilized to review the applications, which includes, but is not limited to, the following criteria:
    • Does the proposal meet a Board of County Commissioners’ priority?
    • Does the organization have secure financial resources?
    • Will funds requested be combined with other funding sources, or leveraged, to maximize benefits to the community?
    • Will funds help launch a new program?
    • Does the organization have the capacity to administer the grant funds and proposal?
    • Does the proposal involve partnering or working with one or more other organizations?

Application submittal

The following materials must be submitted no later than the deadline date and time referenced above:

  • Complete application form
  • Attachment A: Identify the governing body for your organization and list its members
  • Attachment B: IRS Tax Status Letter
  • Attachment C: W-9
  • Attachment D: Financial data for the previous calendar year or fiscal year, including:
    • 1) Organizational Budget (Revenues and Expenses)
    • 2) Budget vs. Actual
    • 3) Balance Sheet
  • Attachment E: Financial data for the current calendar or fiscal year, including:
    • 1) Organizational Budget (Revenues and Expenses)
    • 2) Budget vs. Actual
  • Attachment F: 2021 Program-Budget for this Proposal

Estimated application process

  • Douglas County staff will begin reviewing grant applications in March.
  • Staff may contact organizations for clarification, additional materials, etc., as needed, during the review process.
  • Staff will determine final funding recommendations and present those to the Board of County Commissioners in Spring 2021.
  • Checks will be distributed to awarded organizations in Summer 2021.

2020 Grant Awards

In 2020, the Board of County Commissioners approved funding for 29 PSM grant recipients.

About the PSM Trust

Philip S. MillerThe PSM 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.