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Meyer's Housing Opportunities Grant

Grants to Oregon Nonprofits, Educational Institutions, and
Agencies to Provide Affordable and Safe Housing

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Meyer Memorial Trust (MMT)

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Deadline Date:

04/19/21 5:00 PM


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Grants to Oregon nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies to strengthen communities through projects that provide more affordable and safe housing. Priority consideration will be given to applicants addressing underserved communities. Funding is intended to improve living conditions and dismantle barriers to equity.

Meyer has identified several intended outcomes under each of the following Housing Opportunities funding goals. Applicants will be asked to indicate which primary goal (only one) and which of its associated outcomes (up to two) their proposed work best supports. Applications that do not make a strong and clear connection to at least one of Meyer’s intended outcomes will not be successful.

Funding Goals:

  • Preserve + increase the number of affordable housing rental units for priority populations
  • Support the housing stability + success of priority populations; or
  • Foster stronger, more equitable, and more effective affordable housing systems and strategies

Grant Types

  • Capacity Building Support: Primarily supports internal organizational and collaborative needs
  • Capital Support: Primarily supports land or physical property
  • Operating Support: Unrestricted support
  • Project Support: Primarily supports programmatic work
  • Technical Assistance: Short-term interventions by an outside consultant who assists an organization strengthen internal leadership, management and governance, and by developing strategies, systems, structures and skills

The following are Meyer's priority populations for this portfolio: 

  • People living on low incomes
  • People of color
  • People with disabilities
  • Veterans
  • Women or girls
  • Youth in or aging out of foster care
  • Aging/elderly
  • Crime/abuse survivors
  • Immigrants and/or refugees
  • Indigenous communities and Tribes
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or other sexual/gender identities
  • People formerly incarcerated
  • People living on extremely low incomes (0%-30% MFI)

For more information about grant types, see starting page 4 of the Housing Application Packet in Supporting Documents below.

Funding outcomes and goals can be found on page 6 of the Application Packet.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181041

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Capacity Building Support - $10,000 to $185,000
- Capital Support - up to $300,000
- Operating Support - up to $75,000
- Project - $10,000 to $185,000 / Collaboratives - up to $250,000
- Technical Assistance - up to $35,000

Term of Contract:

- Capacity Building Support - One to two years
- Capital Support - One to two years
- Operating Support - Two or three years
- Project - One to three years / Collaboratives - two to three years
- Technical Assistance - Short-term interventions

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must:
- Fall into one of these categories: a nonprofit agency recognized as tax-exempt by the Internal Revenue Service, a public educational institution, a government or recognized tribal agency, or an organization that is requesting funding for a project that has a charitable, tax-exempt purpose;
- Seek funding for work that takes place within the state of Oregon;
- Provide equal opportunity in leadership, staffing and service regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, political affiliation or religious belief;
- Not require attendance at or participation in religious/faith activities as a condition of service delivery nor require adherence to religious/faith beliefs as a condition of service or employment.

The following are not strong fits for the Housing Opportunities annual funding opportunity:
- Grants to build or operate emergency shelter or short-term transitional housing
- Grants to support short-term housing options (unless those have a clear process/path to permanent housing)
- Grants to build or support standalone or small scale single-family home construction
- Projects that might affect an individual’s ability to secure housing but which do not propose to track or measure the actual experience of people to access and retain housing
- Projects that support positive impacts in other systems of care (e.g., public health impacts, etc.) but do not demonstrate measurable positive impacts on housing

Funding is unavailable for:
- Work that does not have a significant impact in Oregon
- Direct grants, scholarships or loans to individuals
- Endowments
- General fund drives, annual appeals, special events or, except in rare cases, conference sponsorships
- Program Related Investments (loans and guarantees) to a specific project*
- Elimination of operating deficits
- Medical research
- Animal welfare
- Hospital capital construction
- Projects/organizations that do not meet the nondiscrimination policy
- Earmarks for purposes of influencing legislation
- Any expenditures that would violate Meyer’s, or a grantee’s, tax-exempt status

Meyer focuses on making PRIs to intermediaries and for purposes supporting the Housing Opportunities and Healthy Environment portfolios.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Topic: AFO Info Session

Description: Join Meyer's staff to learn about 2021 Annual Funding Opportunity. You'll hear from program staff about Meyer's approach to equity, funding priorities, and specifics about how to apply. And they'll take your questions!

Time: Mar 1, 2021 10:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

To register:

Pre-Application Information:

Meyer's 2021 Annual Funding Opportunity will open on March 15, apply by Monday, April 19 at 5:00 PM.

By early June, all applicants will be contacted to let them know if they are moving forward to the site visit and further study stage or if their proposal has been declined. This year Meyer will be bringing some proposals forward for a decision in late July. That means, they may be reaching out to organizations sooner to schedule a site visit, which could be by conference call or in person. All remaining proposals will be considered for a decision by the end of October. Meyer may complete due diligence in July through September for those proposals. Funding will be released for most organizations in December 2021 or January 2022.

Who is funded:

Contact Information:

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

Online Application:

If you have any questions, please contact Ku'ulei Won at

You may also contact or 503-228-5512

Meyer Memorial Trust
425 NW 10th Avenue, Suite 400
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 228-5512

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