Our capacity-building program is generally focused on supporting our current grantee partners working to make systems more equitable and inclusive. The program has three components you can learn more about in our Capacity-Building Grants Guide.
Learning & Travel Fund
If your organization received a program or operating grant from us since January 1, 2018, you are eligible to apply for a Learning & Travel Fund grant to help cover the cost of registration fees and travel for conferences, trainings, and other convenings focused on systems change work to advance racial equity.
Whether it’s a large conference on equity or a small convening for community organizers, we understand it can be difficult for nonprofits to cover the costs necessary for staff to attend, especially if they take place outside of the Greater Washington region. These learning opportunities can be great ways to learn new skills, spark new ideas, or discover what other organizations and movements in other parts of the country are up to.
A Learning and Travel Fund grant may cover:
- Registration fees for conferences and trainings (both local and out of town) in the continental US for one or more staff, board, and/or key partners (including community members and volunteers); and
- Travel expenses to the training or conference, including: airfare, train or bus tickets, mileage reimbursement, hotel, meals, parking, and local transportation.
If your organization is eligible to apply for a Learning and Travel Fund grant, review the application guide, then email us your request. We’ll do our best to get back to you within a few weeks of your application.
Questions? Contact Karen FitzGerald.
Management Assistance Program (MAP) Grants
We award a limited number of Management Assistance Program (MAP) grants to organizations or coalitions to work one-on-one with a consultant to design and carry out a custom capacity-building project that requires time, energy, and outside expertise. The grant covers the cost of the consultant as well as other direct project costs. We do not require a match.
MAP grants support projects in the following areas:
- Organizational change: succession planning, executive and other leadership transitions, mergers, strategic planning.
- Governance: strengthening the ability of boards (or other governing bodies) to preside over an organization’s or coalition’s financial and overall well-being.
- Revenue development: fundraising from individuals.
- Racial equity: targeted projects to incorporate racial equity into an organization’s operations (e.g. developing human resource policies with a racial equity lens).
If you are interested in applying for a MAP grant, please contact your Partnerships and Strategy Director to discuss the proposed project.
Shared Learning Cohorts
We believe that supporting our grantee partners through coordinating shared learning experiences can strengthen their practices and connect them with a network of other organizations with similar priorities – opening up potential for collaboration that is necessary for systems change work to be successful.
For questions about participating in a shared learning opportunity or submitting an application as a shared learning provider, please contact Karen FitzGerald.
Communicating About Your Grant
We encourage you to communicate about your work and your partnership with the Meyer Foundation.
To ensure you have the most accurate and current information about the Meyer Foundation, please contact your program director or our communications manager before including the Foundation in your communications. Wherever possible and appropriate, you can link to our website (meyerfoundation.org).
We love engaging with our partners on social media. Be sure to follow and tag us in your social media posts to help keep us informed of your work.
Describing the Meyer Foundation
If you are referring to the Meyer Foundation in your communications, please refer to us as ‘the Meyer Foundation.’ You do not need to capitalize ‘the’ as it is not a formal part of our name.
Please use this language to describe the Meyer Foundation at the end of press releases, or in your other communications:
“Founded in 1944 by Washington Post publisher Eugene Meyer and author and activist Agnes E. Meyer, the Meyer Foundation pursues and invests in solutions that build an equitable Greater Washington community in which economically disadvantaged people thrive.”
Using the Meyer Foundation Logo
A version of our primary logo mark (below) should be used in most cases. When using our logo, provide clear space around all sides of the logo that is at least 50% of the overall width of the logo itself.
If you have specific logo needs or questions, please contact our communications manager for assistance.
We prioritize collaboration with our community partners. When there are opportunities for co-branding with the Meyer Foundation, we encourage you to first contact our communications manager.
Share Your Story!
Our grantee partners are doing important work in the Greater Washington community. If you are a current grantee partner of the Meyer Foundation working to transform structures, policies, practices, laws or their consequences to advance racial equity, we invite you to submit stories highlighting this work.
Follow the prompts below to share your story with us for possible inclusion in future Meyer Foundation communications.
Current Grantees Awards Reporting FAQs
Are there any system requirements for using Meyer’s grantee portal?
Our funding is not yet fully expended, but our grant report is now due. What should we do?
Please contact Meyer’s Grants Director or your Partnerships and Strategy Director if you believe you will not be able to submit your final report by the due date. We can usually extend the report deadline so that you have time to finish your work.
If our Interest Form or Proposal is declined, how long do we have to wait to resubmit?
If you are declined for funding, you must wait to apply until the following calendar year.
Do I have to create an account to submit an Interest Form?
Yes. An account is required to apply for a grant. The account also allows you to save and return to your Interest Form or Proposal. If your organization is awarded a grant, you will also submit grant reports via the online account.
If our organization does not yet have a 501(c)(3) public charity determination from the IRS, but has applied for one, can we apply for a grant from Meyer?
Yes, you may apply. If you are invited to submit a proposal, we will conduct additional due diligence to ensure that our grant funds are spent for charitable purposes.
Our organization operates under a fiscal sponsor. May we apply for a grant?
Yes. Groups with fiscal sponsor arrangements may apply for funding. Please include the fiscal sponsor information when you submit your Interest Form. We may ask for additional documentation if you are invited to submit a proposal.
If I have questions about the Meyer Foundation’s proposal while I am completing it, what is the best way to have those questions answered?
You can ask your questions directly in the proposal through our GivingData technology platform and a Meyer staff person will reply in a timely fashion. You can also email us with your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (202) 483-8294.
Can I submit more than one Interest Form per year?
No. Meyer accepts only one per year, per organization.
My organization received a grant from Meyer in 2019. Do we need to submit an Interest Form if we want to apply for a grant in 2020?
Yes. All organizations applying to Meyer for an operating or program grant, including current and long-time grantee partners, need to submit an Interest Form.
Do you have any guidance on working in the Meyer grantee portal?
I’d like to discuss my organization’s work with a Partnerships and Strategy Director before submitting an Interest Form. Can I do that?
Meyer’s Partnerships and Strategy Directors try to be accessible, transparent, and present in their respective communities. They will be happy to talk with you, however; for new applicants, the Interest Form is designed to be the first step in starting that conversation. If you have specific questions about the Interest Form itself, send them to us at email@example.com or call is at (202) 483-8294. If we have additional questions or need additional information about your organization or project after reading your Interest Form, someone from Meyer will be in touch with you.
Does Meyer make capital grants?
Meyer makes a limited number of capital grants to organizations that are strongly aligned with our racial equity goals.
Does Meyer make multi-year grants?
Yes. Organizations that are good candidates for multi-year support (usually three years) will employ a systems approach to work that aligns with our goals in housing, education, and economic well-being. To learn more about the organizations we are especially interested in supporting, review our Grants Guide.
My organization received a grant in 2019. When should we apply again?
If your organization received a grant from Meyer in June 2019 and wants to apply again in 2020, we suggest – but do not require – that you submit a request in the first half of 2020; if you received a grant in October of 2019, we suggest you submit a request in the second half of 2020. This suggestion isn’t a hard-and-fast rule and, if it makes more sense to submit at another time, you should do that. If you have any questions about the timing of your submission, please contact your Partnerships and Strategy Director.
I have not received a Meyer grant recently (or I have never received a Meyer grant). Is there a “best time” to apply?
We accept Interest Forms throughout the year and make grants four times a year. You should apply when it makes the most sense for your organization, which may depend on when your fiscal year begins and ends, what your fundraising plan is, and when your staff is able to submit the request.
When does Meyer award grants?
We award grants in April, July, September, and November.
What are the deadlines to apply for a grant from Meyer?
There are no deadlines to apply for a grant. We accept and review Interest Forms – a short form in which applicants briefly describe their work to us – throughout the year.
How can I learn more about what kind of work Meyer supports and what it is looking for in grantee partners?
Our new Grants Guide includes everything you need to know about our grantmaking. This comprehensive guide consolidates information about our grantmaking and application process that in the past appeared in different parts of our website. It includes details about our goals and funding priorities, what we look for in grantee partners, what information we ask you to submit when you apply (and why we ask you to submit it), and how we evaluate funding requests.
What should we do if we can’t meet the deadline for submitting our final report?
While submission of a final report is an important part of the grant process, we can almost always be flexible with the actual due date. Please contact Meyer’s Grants Director or your Partnerships and Strategy Director if you wish to discuss a different submission date for your final report.
How do we report on our grant?
Your award letter will include reporting guidelines for required narrative and financial reports. Reports are typically due at the end of the grant term. Sharing your achievements, challenges, and lessons learned at the end of a grant year is an important way to enhance the joint learning and partnership between your organization and the Meyer Foundation. All reports should be submitted online by logging into your account in our portal.
If awarded, when and how will we receive the grant?
Along with an award letter and final report guidelines, grant checks are mailed to the attention of the CEO at the organization’s main address. Award letters are mailed out approximately two weeks after the funding is approved.
Does the Meyer Foundation conduct site visits?
Yes. Meyer staff conduct site visits throughout the year. We conduct site visits to get to know your organization better, to learn more about the communities in which you work, to learn how you engage your constituents, and to give you an opportunity to ask questions. A site visit from a Meyer staff person does not guarantee funding.
May we submit an application for a capacity-building grant or capital campaign grant if we have an active operating support grant?
Yes, an organization may apply for a capacity-building grant or capital campaign grant when already receiving funding through a regular grant. In fact, our capacity-building grants are only available to groups that have recently received operating or program support grants.
Our organization works in more than one jurisdiction. Who will be our program director?
You will work with the Partnerships and Strategy Director for the part of the region – DC, Maryland, or Virginia – where the majority of your work is focused.
How do I know who our Partnerships and Strategy Director is?
What if my organization does not currently have a federal tax ID number?
An organization must have public charity status or a fiscal sponsor to receive a grant from the Meyer Foundation. You can submit an Interest Form without a tax identification number and if your idea moves forward, we will discuss this in more detail with you.
If we have completed the common grant application, may we submit it instead of the online application?
No, the Meyer Foundation does not accept the common grant application.
We are a national or statewide organization that has a program in the Greater Washington region. May we apply for a grant?
Meyer is committed to growing local leadership. Most of the organizations the Foundation supports are based in and work in the Greater Washington region. If your national or statewide organization runs a program or project in close partnership with local communities or organizations, you could submit a project request for the part of your work that is strongly aligned with Meyer’s goals and priorities, takes place in the Greater Washington region, and is done in close partnership with local community members.
Should we apply for general operating or project support?
Meyer’s primary grantmaking strategy is to provide general operating support to organizations focused on making systems in housing, education, and/or economic well-being more equitable and inclusive. We may award a small number of project-specific grants in circumstances in which a particular project aligns with Meyer’s goals, but the overall work of the organization does not.
How much funding should we ask for?
Our grants range from $10,000 to $60,000 and sometimes higher. Currently, the median operating grant is $40,000.