Millstone Fund



  • Expanded access to arts and culture for local communities.
  • Increased arts & education offerings in Pre-K to 12 and post-secondary education.
  • Artistic opportunities that are both inclusive and representative of people in Greater Cincinnati. Art is considered both performing (e.g., theatre, film, dance, music) and visual (e.g., design, painting, writing).

Millstone Fund is not likely to award grants intended for the sole purpose of producing or preserving artwork. Priority is given to requests that clearly create pathways to opportunities, such as art education or employment, especially for people with limited access to artistic experiences.

To foster engagement, learning and appreciation of high-quality artistic experiences for all people in Greater Cincinnati, with a focus on improving access for people in under-resourced and/or underrepresented communities.

  • Provide greater access and exposure to artistic and cultural opportunities for under-resourced communities and/or people with disabilities.
  • Remove barriers to growth and development through integrated art experiences in educational settings.
  • Provide students with alternative educational experiences that support creativity and professional opportunities.
  • Ensure art opportunities are inclusive of all people living in Greater Cincinnati and engage future generations.

  • Preference will be given to organizations that address equity in their programming.
  • Populations served may include all age ranges.
  • Artistic experiences can go beyond the traditional performing and visual arts.
  • Preference will be given to requests that address multiple Millstone Fund focus areas (i.e., Art and Education, Art and Health) and are specifically designed to improve access to and opportunities for under-resourced communities and/or people with disabilities.
  • Millstone Fund values innovation and encourages grantees to pursue new ideas that may advance wellness in our communities.