Collaborative Village Grant Overview


Request for Proposal

Miller Fellowship Community
Collaborative Project

Spring 2019

The Miller Fellowship Program is a program of the Yellow Springs Community Foundation,funded by the Nolan J. and Richard D.Miller Endowment Fund.  Nolan Miller (d. 2006) was Associate Editor of The Antioch Review, a noted writing teacher and a beloved Antioch College professor.  His brother, Richard (d. 2009), was a highly regarded artist working in many different media. The purpose of this fund is to support fellowships for Antioch College students who engage in service for the benefit of the Yellow Springs community. The basic premise of the endowment that it is meant to foster mutual respect between Antioch College and the whole of the Yellow Springs community. 

As a part of this program, in 2019 the Community Foundation will provide a total of $50,000 for collaborative initiatives involving the Antioch College Areas of Practice and local community organizations. The Areas of Practice are:

  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Deliberative Democracy, Diversity, and Social Justice
  • Wellbeing
  • Story and Creative Practice
  • Work, World, and Resilient Communities

The Foundation will provide grants to foster successful collaborations, from small collaborative projects up to a single grant for one project with greater community impact.

The Yellow Springs Community Foundation will be accepting
proposals from a collaboration of Antioch College Areas of Practice conveners, Student Miller Fellows, individuals, and associated nonprofits.

Proposals must include a description of the project, identify the collaborators on the project, and a description of the participation of the Student Miller Fellows.

Proposal Process:

  • Due Date: March 15, 2019
  • Contents:
    • Description of the project
    • Identity of the collaborators on the project
    • Identified lead nonprofit fiscal sponsor of the project
    • Roles of the Student Miller Fellows
    • Benefit to the Yellow Springs community
    • Amount of funds requested for the total project and the amount requested from the YSCF.
    • Budget
  • Length:         
    • The proposal should be no more than five (5) pages of text (not including the cover page). The proposal should state, succinctly, the project description, how the project benefits the Community, and how the project benefits the Student Miller Fellows.
  • Evaluation criteria:  
    • Encore Miller Fellows must agree, and sign off the proposal meets criteria before submission to YSCF.
      • Collaboration of a minimum of 3 organizations
      • Proposed participation of the Student Miller Fellows have educational content.
      • Proposed projects have benefit to the Yellow Springs & Miami Township community.
        • Higher priority given to:
      • organizations that have the fiscal structure and capacity to responsibly carry out the project;
      • organizations that involve the Student Miller Fellow in such aspects as assisting with writing the RFP, involvement in the project planning process, involvement in the project budget, assisting in a role in the project, etc.;
      • proposed projects that include Antioch College faculty;
      • those projects that involve a wide collaboration of nonprofits, village, schools, seniors, and Antioch College.
  • Submit electronic proposals in .pdf only to
  • Evaluation period: March 16 – April 30, 2019
  • Evaluation will be completed by the YSCF Grants Review Committee and Formalized by the YSCF Board of Trustees
  • Anticipated announcement of awards: Prior to May 15, 2019
  • Distribution of funds:
    • As requested in the project budgets, or other provision as noted in the grant agreement.

Grant Application Cover Page

2019 Miller Fellow Project


Collaborative Project Title:

Area of Practice(s):

Lead Nonprofit Organization and Lead Convener or Faculty Member:

If funded, how should the check be made out:

Contact Person Name and Title:

Nonprofit Organization:

Contact Phone Number:

Contact Email address:

Signature(s) of the Encore Miller Fellows for involved Areas of Practice: