Social Enhancement Grants

It is our privilege to give and to help. We are passionate about supporting programs that make a profound difference in the lives of others, specifically younger people or the disadvantaged.

Our work centers on organizations with an art-related mission. We feel that arts organizations are crucial to the well-being of Washington’s communities. We see the arts as a tool for transformation; as a way to address social, educational, and economic development issues. The arts can reach underserved populations and at-risk youth. The arts engage, entertain, create a sense of “place” and bring people together. Our goal is to ensure that the arts thrive in communities throughout the state.

We believe art can help to create a beautiful, harmonious place to live and can improve the quality of life overall. By choosing to give preference to the arts, we feel we are enhancing the beauty of the world around us, opening the minds of people and expanding society as a whole.

Does your organization help others with unbelievable passion and creativity? If so, visit our Grant Tools page to learn more about our Foundation and how to let us know about your great work.

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.

Grant, Scholarship and Fellowship Recipients