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: The region provides a large and stable supply of high-quality housing that is affordable to people of color who are low-income, and which promotes more inclusive communities, and access to good schools and well-paying jobs.
- Education: Students of color are educated in schools with welcoming, supportive, climates that are free of bias and discrimination, affirm their dignity and potential, and prepare them for college, career, and life.
- Employment: People of color with no or low incomes are able to get and keep well-paying jobs with career advancement opportunities that lead to financial security.
- Asset Building: People of color who are low-income build savings, grow assets, and accumulate wealth and avoid predatory financial products and practices or policies that strip wealth.
Meyer will also seek innovative solutions on an invitation-only basis that advance our strategic plan, mission, and vision, but may not directly address our goals in housing, employment, education, and asset building.
Learn more about our community goals and the funding priorities under each one.
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.
We Do Not Fund
- Visual and performing arts
- Access to health care
- 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
- Special events or conferences, except by invitation only