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Meyer Foundation Grant

Grants to Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC Nonprofits for Equity
and Systemic Change Initiatives in Employment, Education, and Housing

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Foundation / Corporation

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Meyer Foundation

Deadline Date:

07/10/19 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC nonprofit organizations in eligible areas for systems change projects that foster racial equity. Funding is intended to support initiatives in employment, education, housing, and asset building benefiting low-income people of color.

See the Goals page for details on the four program areas:

Eligible areas within the Greater Washington Region include Washington, DC; Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland; Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William Counties in Virginia; and the Cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park in Virginia.

The Foundation invests in research, education, advocacy, organizing, capacity-building, communications, and narrative change, as well as strategic direct service that contributes to systems change. The Foundation invests in these systems change efforts to ensure long-lasting, measurable improvements for economically disadvantaged people, particularly people of color:

1. Culture Change – Shifting the attitudes, values, beliefs, and aspirations of the Greater Washington region toward racial equity.
2. Institutional Change – Using the best available data, evidence, and models to generate sustainable improvements in ideas and practices that govern institutions and currently have a disproportionate negative impact on people and communities of color.
3. Policy Change & Reform – Influencing policymakers to reform or enact laws to mitigate and eradicate the consequences of systemic racism and promote racial justice and equity.
4. Power Change – Shifting the balance of power so people of color are designing, leading, and ultimately accomplishing change in their own communities.

Grants provide:

- General operating support for effective organizations working toward long-term goals through a systems change approach, including strategic direct service.
- Program support, when needed, to test approaches or to expand programs with scalable results.
- Support for community-based and community-led organizations, especially those led by people of color.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180696

Estimated Size of Grant:

Most Meyer grants range from $10,000 to $50,000 and higher. Currently, the average operating grant is $30,000.

Term of Contract:

Although organizations may request multi-year support, Meyer will make a limited number of multi-year grants in 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An organization is eligible to apply if it:
1. Aligns with one or more of the Foundation's goals for the region.
2. Is a 501(c)(3) public charity or is fiscally sponsored by one
3. 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

The Meyer Foundation will only accept applications from organizations that have already received tax exemption status from the IRS. However, organizations that have a fiscal sponsor are eligible to apply.

Not funded:
- 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

Pre-Application Information:

The Meyer Foundation conducts two rounds of grantmaking per year. Application deadlines are January 31, 2019 and July 10, 2019, with grant awards in June and October. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on the deadline date.

Organizations may apply only once per year. There is a two-stage application process and all applications must be submitted online.

Typically, organizations with pending requests are notified of their grant status by their program director the day after the Meyer board meeting.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For questions, contact:

Program Directors:

- Washington, DC: Nadine Duplessy Kearns,
- Maryland: Julian Haynes,
- Northern Virginia: Sonia Quiñónez,

The Meyer Foundation
1250 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland: Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties;   Virginia: Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William Counties; and the Cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park;   Washington, DC