Dedicated to Improving the Quality of Life in the Miller neighborhood of Gary, Indiana

Since its inception in 2005, the Miller Community Fund has distributed nearly $150,000 to over 30 deserving organizations, such as:

  • Miller Little League, helping 100 kids play baseball every year
  • Miller Garden Club, planting and maintaining gardens at the Aquatorium, up and down Lake Street and the South Shore train station
  • Causes for Change, installing a kayak/canoe launch accessible to all
  • Gary Rotary Club, hosting the annual Gallery Gallop, a marathon race showcasing the Indiana Dunes
  • Miller Beach Arts & Creative District, producing hundreds of art exhibits in the community
  • St. Mary of the Lake Food Pantry, feeding 6,500 people since 2015

The Miller Community Fund is a small charity, which means it is...

Effective: We work on a local scale with a focus on beneficiaries we know. Donations to the Miller Community Fund go directly to micro-grants benefitting Miller.

Efficient: The Miller Community Fund has 0 overhead, has no payroll and pays no honoraria to its Board members. We have no sophisticated fundraising campaigns. Every dollar donated goes directly into micro-grants for zip code 46403.

Community Based: The MCF Board of Directors and its Grant Committee live in Miller. We have resolved to contribute personally, some monthly and some annually, and we ask the members of the Miller community to join us in giving.

Forever: Funds not used durning the calendar year are invested in the Miller Community Fund endowment at the Legacy Foundation, which allows us to work into perpetuity.

How You Can Help

Whether it’s a monthly or annual donation, a gift from your estate, or as the recipient of a required minimum distribution from your IRA, your contribution to the Miller Community Fund makes philanthropy work in the community you love.

Miller All-Stars

Miller Community Fund held its first annual Miller All-Stars event on December 4, 2016, honoring 10 members of the Miller community who have gone far beyond the bounds of a good citizen. These individuals have cleaned streets, picked weeds, built institutions, promoted cycling, created gardens, and have given their all to the betterment of Miller Beach. The Miller Community Fund salutes them! Thank you for all your hard work. We appreciate you!

TRACY BROUGH

Tracy Brough’s work with Miller Little League has helped over 1000 kids play baseball.

JOYCE DAVIS

Joyce Davis produced Gallery Gallop, a run/walk along Lake Michigan and the dunes of Miller Beach, for over 20 years and has promoted local artists in her Lake Street Gallery, instilling pride in our region.

DREW FOX

Drew Fox chose Miller to produce the best beer in the world at 18th Street Brewery.

MICHAEL CHIRICH

Michael Chirich is relentless in solving problems in the Miller community, from potholes to legislation.

ALICE PICKFORD

Alice Pickford’s concession, Wells Street Beach, has allowed thousands to enjoy the beach for the last 90 years, and Alice has helped every community organization in existence.

ANN ROSE

Ann Rose has tirelessly supported Miller Beach Arts & Creative District.

BERNIE BONK

Bernie Bonk transformed a barren piece of land at the South Shore train station into an oasis of beauty and is responsible for the proliferation of spring bulbs around Miller.

CAROL SMITH

Carol Smith created the MCC Shoreline Committee and Friends of Marquette Park, ensuring the gardens around Father Marquette never fall into neglect again.

CHESTER BARAN

Chester Baran helped maintain Marquette Park gardens for decades.

DAWN VANZO

Dawn Vanzo organizes Miller Garden Club members in maintaining gardens up and down Lake Street, at he aquatorium and the South Shore train station..

GREG REISING

Greg Reising spent 25 years restoring the Aquatorium and making sure Tuskegee Airmen and Octave Chanute are remembered for their places in history.

JESSIE RENSLOW

Jessie Renslow: Whatever she touches she makes better.

KEN PARR

Ken Parr helped anyone with or without a bicycle and made time to keep Lake Street clean and free of debris.

SUSAN BINKLEY

Susan Binkley has worked in every garden in Miller and has been a horticultural advisor to many.

TOM EATON

Tom Eaton shared his plants, his time, and his intelligence with the world around him, making Miller an even more wonderful place to live.

Grant Application Instructions

The Miller Community Fund considers grant proposals during quarterly months of March, June, September and December. Grant requests must be received by February 15, May 15, August 15 or November 15 to be considered at the next quarterly meeting.

Exclusions

  • Grant proposals made for lobbying or any type of political activity will not be considered.
  • Grant proposals made in the name of individuals will not be considered.
  • Grant proposals made by religious organizations must be for projects that are secular in nature. Proposals for non-secular projects will not be considered.
  • Grant proposals made for the purchase of products, tickets and/or any items specifically marketed as fundraising items will not be considered.

Parties interested in receiving a grant must complete an application.

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