Foundation grant funds available: The Grant W. Brissman and Virginia M. Brissman Foundation has announced the availability of grant funds to benefit Milan and its residents.

The Brissman Foundation was created by the estate of Grant and Virginia Brissman. As long-term residents of Milan, the Brissmans wanted to make sure their legacy continued to benefit their chosen home long after they passed away. The mission of this $2.8 million foundation is to improve the quality of life in Milan by funding work to enhance youth development, foster community development, support cultural activities and invest in ways to relieve the suffering of underprivileged people.

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The Brissman Foundation accepts grant applications twice each year. Applications for the spring round of grants started Feb. 15 from nonprofit organizations in Milan. Online grant applications are available through the foundation’s website at and are due by April 15.

The administration of the foundation is conducted by the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, whose website is