Ellison Miles dedicated his life to fervently pursuing his ideals. He left a permanent mark on his community and country – from serving in the army and pioneering discoveries in oil and gas, to funding the education of America’s next generation. It is the Foundation’s desire to honor the life and legacy of Mr. Miles by making strategic investments in cutting edge organizations and programs that produce lasting change within our communities.

Providing more than $20 million in grants since 1999, The Miles Foundation strives to award grants in education that support strong beginnings for a brighter future for Fort Worth.



Funding Profiles

The Miles Foundation focuses on helping the North Texas community create a thriving environment where its citizens can learn, work, and achieve their own success. The Foundation seeks to collaborate with organizations in the following areas in order to realize these goals.

Funding impactful education is a cornerstone of The Miles Foundation grant process. Our educational grants are awarded to innovative organizations and schools in North Texas focused on a myriad of initiatives, from developing effective curriculum for pre-kindergarten readiness programs to implementing character development and mentor programs designed to prepare students for a successful and positive life.


  • Early childhood education

  • Family engagement

  • Third grade literacy

  • Character development

  • Leadership development


Eligibility Requirements

The following are general eligibility requirements for all organizations who have been invited to submit a grant proposal.  If you have questions, please contact us at info@milesfdn.org.

  • Organizations must be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) and be classified as a public charity under section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a qualified public entity as described in section 170(c) of the Code.

  • Organizations should be able to demonstrate a direct impact on at least one of the listed funding profiles on this website.

  • Organizations should be prepared to develop and share metrics measuring the effectiveness of their programs.

  • The Miles Foundation does not award grants to individuals, international organizations, capital programs, or political organizations.




Visit our application page to find out about our funding schedule, grantee eligibility, and application process.