Walter J. Miller Trust

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Mission

To provide grants to non-profit organizations in support of various charitable causes including education, health services, religious organizations, social welfare programs, the environment, and areas within the arts, culture, and humanities.

Application deadlines

February 1

Program areas

Arts, culture, and humanities
Education
Environment/animals
Health
Human services
Public/society benefit
Religion


States served

Pennsylvania

Geographic limitations

There are no geographic limitations; however, the Trust has a practice of primarily supporting organizations located in Pennsylvania.

Trustees

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
John C. Tuten, Jr.

The Walter J. Miller Trust awards grants to non-profit organizations in support of various charitable causes including education, health services, religious organizations, social welfare programs, the environment, and areas within the arts, culture, and humanities. To be eligible, organizations must qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Requirements

  • 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.

Limitations

The foundation typically does not fund requests for:

  • Political support
  • Fundraising dinners or athletic events

Grantmaking priorities

Consideration may be also given to requests for the following:

  • Education – The Trust awards grants to educational institutions and organizations.
  • Health Services – The Trust supports non-profit hospitals that have official tax status as charitable hospitals. Funds are provided for unique programs, equipment, capital improvement, medical scholarships and research. Proposals must document a special need in the community and provide evidence that the needs cited are not being met by other organizations.
  • Religion – The Trust supports churches of all denominations for education and capital improvements.
  • Social Welfare – Broad-based agencies which provide assistance to the elderly, youth, indigent, and homeless will also be considered.
  • Libraries
  • Art and Theatre
  • Museums
  • Preservation of Nature and Wildlife
  • Preservation and restoration of historical buildings, monuments, and grounds.

Average giving

Average grant size: $2,000 to $15,000
Average number of grants per year: 25

Application period and deadlines

Applications are accepted year-round; however, applications must be submitted by February 1 to be reviewed at the annual grant meeting that occurs each April.

Communications

Applicants will receive an automated email confirming their submission.

Required agreements and reports

Except as otherwise specified when a grant is awarded, a progress report must be submitted within 6 months after receiving funds.

About the Foundation

The Walter J. Miller Trust was established by the Last Will and Testament of Mr. Miller, in part to honor the memory of his two sisters, Ann C. Miller and May C. Miller. Today, the Trust makes grants to various charitable causes within the state of Pennsylvania and, as a perpetual trust, Walter J. Miller’s generosity will have an impact on those in need for years to come.