Meyer Foundation Grants

Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation

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Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $50,000

Next anticipated deadline: Feb 7, 2019

Later anticipated deadlines: Jul 17, 2019

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: District of Columbia, Counties in Maryland: Montgomery County, Prince George's County, Counties in Virginia: Alexandria city, Arlington County Expand all

Location of residency: District of Columbia, Counties in Maryland: Montgomery County, Prince George's County, Counties in Virginia: Alexandria city, Arlington County Expand all

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Overview:

Community Goals

Informed by our vision to end systemic racism and all its consequences, Meyer’s grantmaking is focused on eliminating racial disparities in housing, employment, education, and asset building.

The Meyer Foundation makes grants to organizations whose work advances and supports our long-term community goals for the Greater Washington region:

Housing

Goal: To ensure long-lasting, measurable improvements in the lives of economically disadvantaged people — particularly people of color — across the Greater Washington region, we need meaningful systemic changes that promote racial equity and increase their access to a large and stable supply of high-quality housing that is affordable, encourages more inclusive communities, and provides access to good schools and well-paying jobs.

Funding Priorities | We support initiatives that aim to:

  • Preserve and expand the supply of high-quality affordable housing.
  • Promote the development of equitable, inclusive communities. 
  • Prevent the displacement of renters and homeowners, especially long-tenured residents in communities of color. 
  • Elevate the voice and power of those most affected by unstable housing, housing discrimination, gentrification and displacement.

Education:

Goal: To ensure long-lasting, measurable improvements in the lives of economically disadvantaged people — particularly people of color — across the Greater Washington region, we need meaningful systemic changes that promote racial equity and increase their access to schools with welcoming, supportive climates that are free of bias and discrimination, affirm the dignity and potential of students, and prepare them for college, career, and life.

Funding Priorities | We support initiatives that aim to:

  • Promote culturally competent and evidence‐based education programs, instructional practices, assessment approaches, and support services, that result in greater academic achievement and advancement for students of color. 
  • Elevate the voice and power of parents, students, and community members of color who have low incomes to influence and design more effective school policies and programs that result in greater academic achievement and advancement for students of color.
  • Engage and support immigrant students and English language learners with comprehensive academic and non-academic services.
  • Create a strong, more racially diverse and culturally competent teacher pipeline.

Employment

Goal: To ensure long-lasting, measurable improvements in the lives of economically disadvantaged people — particularly people of color — across the Greater Washington region, we need meaningful systemic changes that promote racial equity and increase their access to well-paying jobs with career advancement opportunities that lead to financial security.

Funding Priorities | We support initiatives that aim to:

  • Improve pay, working conditions, access to benefits, and connections to high-quality employment.
  • Increase access to and promote sector-focused, culturally competent, and evidence-based workforce development programs. 
  • Provide access to high-quality employment and services for citizens returning from incarceration. 
  • Elevate the voice and power of workers in low-income communities of color.

Asset Building

Goal: To ensure long-lasting, measurable improvements in the lives of economically disadvantaged people — particularly people of color — across the Greater Washington region, we need meaningful systemic changes that promote racial equity and increase their access to opportunities to build savings, grow assets, and accumulate wealth, and avoid predatory financial products and practices or policies that strip wealth.

Funding Priorities | We support initiatives that aim to:

  • Eliminate predatory lending practices and products.
  • Incubate micro-enterprise, community-based small businesses, and worker co-operatives owned and/or operated by people of color, and improve access to capital for these businesses.
  • Build financial literacy and promote wealth generation for people of color who are low-income.

What We Consider

We receive many more applications for funding than we are able to support, and the process is competitive. Beyond a shared vision and goals for long-term impact, we look for:

  • Alignment with Meyer's strategic plan and funding priorities.
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial equity.
  • A vision for systemic change focused on eliminating racialized disparities.
  • An understanding of and ability to track progress.
  • Effective financial management.

In addition, we aspire to partner with organizations that have the following qualities or are working to incorporate these qualities into their work:

  • Work that is informed and/or directed by people most directly affected by inequity.
  • A commitment to cultivating leadership and building power in communities of color. 
  • A track record of collaboration, partnership, and field building.

As we launch this new approach to our work, we understand that many of these criteria are aspirational for organizations and we do not expect every applicant to have all of these attributes embedded in their work. We will, however, give greater weight organizations that put these qualities at the center of their programmatic work and/or internal operations, or have begun to explore how to do so. We are interested in supporting organizations that understand the urgency of embedding equity into their work and strive to support organizations on that journey.

Types of Support

Meyer awards annual general operating support grants in most cases. We also offer program support, when needed, to test approaches or to expand programs with scalable results.

On a case-by-case basis, we make a limited number of multi-year and capital grants to organizations working toward one or more of our primary goals for the region. If you are considering applying for a multi-year or capital grant, we strongly encourage you to have a conversation with a program director before submitting your application.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Your organization is eligible to apply if it:
    • Aligns with one or more of our goals for the region and updated funding priorities.
    • Is a 501(c)(3) public charity
    • Serves the people and communities of the Greater Washington region, defined by the Foundation as: 
      • Washington, DC 
      • Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, Maryland 
      • Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William counties, Virginia 
      • The cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park, Virginia

Ineligibility:

  • We Do Not Fund
    • Visual and performing arts
    • Access to health care
    • Environment
    • Capital for individual housing construction or development
    • Start-up and operating support for housing developers
    • Hunger relief and nutrition
    • Scholarships or financial assistance
    • Individual public, public charter, or private schools
    • Individuals (including scholarships and emergency assistance)
    • Medical or scientific research
    • Programs that promote religious doctrine
    • PTAs
    • Special events or conferences, except by invitation only
    • Endowments
  • Examples of efforts that would not be competitive for Meyer support: 
    • Housing
      • Services for homeless people that are not tied to a larger systemic change goal. 
      • Services to improve affordable housing access for individual households (such as housing counseling) that are not part of a larger systemic change initiative.
      • Wrap-around support services in individual affordable housing developments.
    • Education
      • Seasonal or after-school programming where academic supports and services are not the focus (e.g. sports, arts, and recreation).
      • Launching a new, un-tested, education program at a single site. 
      • Educational programming that is not aligned with or complementary of school curriculum and learning goals.
    • Employment
      • Efforts that do not include some pre-employment services (e.g. mock job interviews, and other soft skill development), and post-employment job development and advancement services. 
      • Efforts that do not track job attainment rates, wages, and post-employment retention.
      • Workforce training that is not sector-specific and only focused on low-wage, entry-level jobs.
    • Asset Building
      • Requests for start-up funds for individual micro-enterprise and small businesses.
      • Requests for funds for individual tax preparation services.
      • Requests for funds to rent/purchase commercial space.