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.


  • Healthcare services (vs. human services/social services)
  • Improved health outcomes
  • Miller-Dwan Foundan-identified health need initiatives
  • Related to our focus areas:
    • Burn, Wound and Pain Care
    • Cancer Care
    • Behavioral Health
    • Physical Rehabilitation
    • Surgical Services


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


  • 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 trainings impacting multiple parties)
  • Endowment related to the provision of direct healthcare services
  • 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


  • 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


  • The organization must be classified as a charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; or classified as an organization under Section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code; or have an eligible fiscal agent.
  • The organization must be located in, or providing services in, northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin. If you are located outside our service area, you must be able to demonstrate collaborative and/or non-duplicative activities.
  • The applying organization must have a conversation with the Miller-Dwan Foundation Grant’s Specialist to review potential funding.


Grant requests are accepted online only during two grant cycles. We cannot accept the Minnesota Common Grant Application.

  • March 1 for a board decision in April
  • September 1 for a board decision in October

To apply, please contact Joan Oswald, Grants Specialist at (218) 786-1504 or e-mail Joan at joswald@mdfoundation.org

Geographic Focus: Northeastern Minnesota, Northwestern Wisconsin

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.

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