Miller Innovation Fund Past Grants

2017 Grants

CommonWealth Kitchen
Boston, MA
$50,000  Provide food-manufacturing services that help entrepreneurs supply products to contract buyers that sell to big grocery stores, institutions, or restaurants.

 Courageous Parents Network
$31,000 Developing online resources for of families with children who have life-limiting diseases and educate providers nationwide about the perspective of such families and make early access to pediatric palliative care the norm.

Compass Working Capital, Inc.
$50,000 Test a major enrollment expansion method for a program working with public housing residents in Cambridge, Massachusetts to increase income and establish personal savings.

Criminal Justice Policy Coalition
$48,000 Pilot re-entry program for formerly incarcerated adults.

Health Equity Research Lab/Cambridge Health Alliance
Cambridge, MA
$49,909 Evaluate and disseminate lessons from the Safety Net Collaborative, an interagency program designed to divert youth from the criminal justice system.

Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
Boston, MA
$50,000 Advocate for the adoption of a behavioral health urgent care model in Massachusetts.

National Alliance on Mental Illness of Massachusetts
Boston, MA
$50,000 to develop a Diversion Center to prevent people with behavioral health symptoms who encounter the police from going to one of two inappropriate settings: jail or emergency room.

Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance
Gloucester, MA
$50,000 Developing a fishing cooperative in Chatham, Massachusetts to process and market new products that have a high standard of sustainability.

Real Food Challenge
Boston, MA
$50,000  Advocacy to improve the food contracting process between three corporations and a cohort of colleges.

Western Mass Training Consortium
Holyoke, MA
$50,000 Developing training programs, a handbook, and training curriculum to train other organizations how to run peer-based supportive housing programs.

2016 Grants

Boston Education, Skills & Training (BEST) Corp.
Boston, MA
$29,438 to develop a workforce recruitment, training, placement, and retention program for young African American adults underrepresented in the growing hospitality industry.

Compass Working Capital, Inc.
Cambridge, MA
$50,000 to test a major enrollment expansion method for a program working with public housing residents in Cambridge, MA to increase income and establish personal savings.

Courageous Parents Network
Newton, MA
$35,800 to reach large numbers of families with children who have life-limiting diseases with appropriate, online family-focused support for facing their situations and to educate providers nationwide about the perspective of such families and make early access to pediatric palliative care the norm.

National Alliance on Mental Illness of Massachusetts
Boston, MA
$50,000 to develop a Diversion Center to prevent people with behavioral health symptoms who encounter the police from going to one of two inappropriate settings: jail or emergency room.

Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance
Gloucester, MA
$50,000 to create a set of values-based standards and principles defining what sustainable fishing is to help producers and consumers of fish support fisheries that are better for people and the planet.

TeensConnect, Inc.
Boston, MA
$50,000 to support the TeensConnect Site Coordination position and program to create a Jobs-to-Career-and-College pathway in Boston high schools for underperforming but high-potential students.

United Teen Equality Center
Lowell, MA
$50,000 to formalize the Regional Streetworker Learning Network  and create a professional development network of streetworkers and support street outreach organizations to develop a policy advocacy agenda.

The Miller Innovation Fund shifted its grantmaking to these two focus areas beginning in 2016. To view grants made in the first five years of the Fund’s grantmaking, please see 2011-2015 Miller Innovation Fund Grants by Purpose of Innovation.