If any questions arise please direct your questions to:

 

Joan Oswald, Donor Relations and Grants Specialist
Miller-Dwan Foundation
502 East Second St.
Duluth, MN 55805

 

218-786-5829
joswald@mdfoundation.org

 
 

Application Process

1. Check Requirements for Application

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, northwestern Wisconsin or in the far western portion of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. If you are located outside our service area, you must be able to demonstrate collaborative and/or non-duplicative activities.

 

Potential applications must contact the Miller-Dwan Foundation. The applying organization must have a conversation with the Miller-Dwan Foundation Grant’s Specialist to review potential funding.

 

2. Contact the Miller-Dwan Foundation

Contact the Miller-Dwan Foundation office at 218-786-5829 or email Joan Oswald at Joswald@mdfoundation.org to discuss your request and eligibility. If eligible, you will be directed to the appropriate fund and provided a code to access the online application system.

 

3. Apply at the Online Grant Application Site»

 

 

Grants Available to Community and Internal Applicants

Grants available to Community and Internal Applicants. Community Funding Opportunities – The following grant funds are available to both community and internal applicants.


Two deadlines annually; March 1 and September 1.

 

Miller-Dwan Foundation Innovations Fund

Eligible entities include:
Essentia Health-Duluth (Miller-Dwan Building) Community Nonprofits

Programs and services must fit within the grant-making interests and historical specialty areas of the Foundation. Projects may fall along a spectrum from prevention activities, to assistance within the medical community, to community-based programs.

 

Van Gorden Fund- New Initiatives Outreach

Eligible entities:
501(c) 3 non-profits in our community who are working to meet the needs of people with disabilities.

The Van Gorden New Initiatives Outreach Fund was established to support and promote new and innovative projects of rehabilitation services, research and education and to foster creativity and excellence in rehabilitation services programming. Programs and projects must show proof of established rehabilitation goals and further the work of Polinsky and Essentia Health / Miller-Dwan Rehabilitation Services.

 

Van Gorden Fund – New Initiatives Polinsky

Eligible entities:
Essentia Health / Miller-Dwan Rehabilitation Services and Essentia Health-Polinsky Medical Rehabilitation Center.

The Fund was established to support and promote new and innovative projects of rehabilitation services, research, and education at Polinsky and to foster creativity and excellence in rehabilitation services programming.

 

 

Grants Available to Internal Applicants ONLY

Internal Grant Opportunities – The following grant funds are available to internal applicants only.

Two deadlines annually; March 1 and September 1.

 

Albert G. Gonska Fund

Eligible entities:
Essentia Health / Miller-Dwan Rehabilitation Services and Essentia Health-Polinsky Medical Rehabilitation Center.

The Albert G. Gonska Fund was established with a gift from the will of Albert Gonska. Mr. Gonska was a long-time social worker who dedicated his life to the welfare of children and their rehabilitation needs. The Gonska Fund is therefore dedicated to high-quality, innovative rehabilitation services and programming for children.

 

DeForest E. Voss Fund

Eligible entities:
Essentia Health Duluth and other 501 (c) 3 non-profits to further research efforts focusing on kidney disease and dialysis.

The DeForest E. Voss Fund was established with a gift from the will of DeForest Voss. Mr. Voss felt strongly about opportunities for improved health for patients with kidney disease and those receiving dialysis care.

 

Dorothy Ribenack Fund

Eligible entities:
Essentia Health-Polinsky Medical Rehabilitation Center and the Essentia Health Fitness and Therapy Center.

The Dorothy Ribenack Fund was established with a gift from the will of Dorothy Ribenack. This fund supports and promotes new and innovative rehabilitation service projects that foster creativity and excellence including research, education and facility improvements.

 

Designated Funds

Eligible entities include:
Internal departments focusing on the historical specialty areas the former Miller-Dwan Medical Center, Solvay Hospice House, and Amberwing.

Designated Funds are used for specific health areas and have been created through the generosity of numerous community individuals and employees. Funds are used for purchases or projects that assist in patient care and comfort, including new equipment, environmental improvements, patient and family education and staff education. *
Deadlines dates do not apply. Ongoing applications accepted.

 

Van Gorden Fund – Sarah M. Young Education Fund

Eligible entities:
Polinsky and Essentia Health / Miller-Dwan Rehabilitation Services for projects that provide effective and innovative educational programming to rehabilitation patients, family members and/or practitioners in the areas as follows: library resources, rehabilitation programming, workshops and seminars, and educational materials.

The Sara M. Young Fund was established in honor of Sara M. Young, a longtime staff member of Polinsky and supporter of rehabilitation and services to people with disabilities.

 

 

Grants Available to Individual Applicants ONLY

The Abilities First Fund is available to individuals as last resort funding. Ongoing applications accepted.

 

Abilities First Fund

Eligible applicants:
Individuals with physical disabilities and limited financial resources who reside in our geographic service area. Eligible applicants are restricted to those individuals who have a primary diagnosis of spinal cord injury, stroke, brain injury, congenital disability, or other documented neuromuscular or neurological trauma or disorder.

The Abilities First Fund purchases physical rehabilitation equipment and aids that allow those with physical limitations to live life more fully and integrate into the community, workplace, or school.