Grant Tools

Eligibility Guidelines

The Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. Grants are awarded to non-profit, tax-exempt organizations certified under Section 501(c)(3) by the Internal Revenue Service. The Foundation has three primary funding priorities: Medical Research, Art Scholarships and Artist Fellowship Awards. A small amount of funding will be available under the Social Enhancement category annually. We will continue to prioritize organizations that are located in the state of Washington and that have an art-related mission. We seek to support the underdogs in the charity world; those organizations with an annual budget of $500,000.00 or less.

If you are a new organization to the Foundation and feel your organization fits the eligibility guidelines, we’d be happy to hear from you. Just complete our online Letter of Introduction form by clicking the “Inquire” button below to explore possible partnership opportunities.

January 1, 2024 Update:

In the summer of 2023, the Robert B. McMillen Foundation office relocated from Ellensburg, WA to Tucson, AZ. To add even more excitement, with the arrival of the new year, the Foundation celebrates 20 years in business!

As we settle into our new hometown and consider this huge milestone for our organization, it seems the perfect time to pause and reflect. To do this work, the Foundation will be temporarily pausing all of its grant making programs for 2024. This will be an invaluable break from regular programming to give us an opportunity to connect with both artists and arts organizations in Tucson, review and improve our systems, and assess and evaluate our work overall, all to better support our grantees and the communities we serve. We plan to resume our regular grantmaking activities in 2025.

We are sharing this update to be as transparent as possible. Our goal in taking time to complete this work now is so that we position the Foundation to serve most effectively as far into the future as possible.

For Current Grant Recipients

When we award a grant, we become partners with the organization we support. Together, we develop strategies to effectively strengthen our communities. In order to regularly evaluate the impact of our grant making, grantees are asked to report on their activities two times per year. Reporting is all done online through our grants management program. Grantees will be sent the link and information after a grant has been made.

Grant, Scholarship and Fellowship Recipients