Funds & Deadlines

Please go to How to Apply for more information about our funds and focus areas.

Please contact Joan Oswald at (218) 786-1504 for application information.

The goal of the Miller-Dwan Foundation is to improve people’s health and wellness both locally and in our surrounding region. We encourage and support healthy lifestyles while prioritizing larger healthcare-related collaborative efforts for greater systemic impact. We support community and hospital-based programs, including promising solutions for diagnosed medical conditions that align with our mission.

Our Funding Areas

  • Physical Rehabilitation

Geographic Focus

Northeastern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin

Who We Fund

  • Organizations that meet our physical rehabilitation funding focus
  • Strong, stable, well-lead organizations
  • Organizations seeking greater capacity and systemic impact

Eligible Activities Include

  • Larger collaborative efforts that will reliably maximize multi-entity funding to address systemic change
  • Program and project support
  • Equipment
  • IT
  • Talent and training (with a strong preference for local training impacting multiple parties)
  • Ongoing operating support and/or overhead for programs providing direct health care services w/in our priority areas
  • Funding that creates capacity and builds staying power

We Do Not Fund

  • Individuals (aside from Abilities First funding)
  • Americans with Disabilities Act retrofitting
  • Building construction
  • Individual continuing education/conference attendance
  • Animal research
  • Services in conflict/competition with hospital programs and priorities
  • Services deemed overly duplicative
  • Fundraising activities
  • Sponsorships
  • Religious organizations for religious activities
  • Activities where participation is restricted to a specific religion(s)
  • Debt reduction/retirement
  • Political organizations or campaigns, lobbying or organizations prioritizing significant legislative influence

To Apply

  • Please contact Joan Oswald, Major Gifts and Grants Specialist at 218-786-1504 or e-mail Joan at joswald@mdfoundation.org
  • If you are requesting the opportunity to apply for funding, please provide a brief synopsis of your request, the dollar amount you would like to request and an indication of how you believe your effort fits the priority areas of the Miller-Dwan Foundation.