Nonprofits serving the Village of Milan can apply for up to $10,000 in grant awards

Grant applications will be accepted for the Grant W. Brissman and Virginia M. Brissman Foundation, a private foundation provided with grantmaking services by the Quad Cities Community Foundation, beginning Tuesday, August 15, 2017.

Nonprofit organizations located within and serving residents of the Village of Milan, Illinois, are eligible to apply for up to $10,000. Organizations located outside of the Village of Milan may also apply if their applications demonstrate specific benefits to the Village of Milan and its residents. 

“The Brissman Foundation was established 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,” said Kelly Thompson, Community Foundation vice president of grantmaking and community initiatives. “Grant and Virginia Brissman loved the community in which they lived and worked, and their foundation carries on those causes they cared deeply about.”

The foundation considers grant applications once per year. Applications are available online at and due on October 1, 2017. Decisions will be announced by late November.

Grant Brissman was a graduate of Rock Island High School. He was a pioneer Milan business owner, starting Brissman's Auto Supply in 1948. The business served Milan and the surrounding communities for almost 30 years before he retired in 1978. His wife Virginia Brissman worked for Illinois Bell Telephone Company for 40 years before retiring in 1977.

The couple had been married for 60 years when Grant died at age 88 in 2004. Virginia died at the age of 94. The foundation was established through their estates and the Community Foundation provides administrative and grant-making services for the Brissman Foundation.