Harold and Rachel McMillen Foundation

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To support educational, scientific, religious or charitable purposes, primarily in Allen County, Indiana.

Application deadlines

May 1

Program areas

Arts, culture, and humanities
Environment, animals
Human services

States served


Geographic limitations

There are no geographic restrictions; however, the foundation has a practice of primarily supporting organizations in Allen County, Indiana.


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The Harold and Rachel McMillen Foundation supports educational, scientific, religious or charitable purposes, primarily in Allen County, Indiana.


  • To be eligible, organizations must qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Applications must be submitted through the online grant application form or alternative accessible application designed for assistive technology users.

Average giving

Average grant size: $5,000 to $15,000
Average number of grants per year: 10
Average total giving per year: $60,000

Application period and deadlines

Applications are accepted year-round. Applications must be submitted by May 1 to be reviewed at the annual grant meeting that occurs in June.


Applicants will receive an automated email confirming their submission.  Grant decisions are generally communicated by July for applications received by the deadline.

Required agreements and reports

Periodic progress reports and final reports may be required for funded projects.

About the Foundation

The Harold and Rachel McMillen Foundation was created in 1961 to support educational, scientific, religious or charitable purposes. The McMillens were longtime residents of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Harold McMillen was born on September 29, 1906. He was the son of Dale McMillen, founder of Central Soya. He attended Oberlin College and the Purdue School of Agriculture. Following college, he worked for a few years outside of the industry, but then returned to one of his father’s businesses, Central Soya Company, and later became its president. In 1945, he joined Central Soya as vice-president and sales director. In 1947, he married Rachel Elizabeth Baird.

During his tenure with Central Soya, Harold McMillen became executive vice-president and then chairman of the board. He retired in 1970. The company’s areas of operation included soybean processing, feed manufacturing, and grain merchandising.

In addition to his excellence in business, Harold McMillen spent his time and resources toward the improvement of his community. He died on March 26, 1984. His wife, Rachel, died on March 26, 2005.