Meyer's capacity-building grantmaking and program offerings are concentrated on helping nonprofits integrate racial equity into their work, as well as strengthening the overall capacity of organizations working together to change the systems that perpetuate racialized outcomes.
Capacity-building grants primarily cover the cost of outside consultants. These consulting engagements provide outside expertise that the organization may lack, but also build capacity within the organization for the future.
Our capacity-building support includes the following:
Meyer invites a limited number of current grantee partners to apply for our capacity-building grants. Examples of our capacity-building grants may include funding for time-sensitive projects, such as executive transitions, mergers/partnerships, and more.
These capacity-building grants enable organizations to hire consultants to help their board and staff accomplish work that requires time, energy, expertise, and innovative thinking beyond everyday operations.
Eligibility and How to Apply
Our funding for capacity-building grants is limited, and therefore, applications are by invitation only. Please contact your program director to confirm eligibility and to discuss your proposed project.
Organizations applying for a capacity-building grant must have received a Meyer operating or program grant on or after January 1, 2017.
In general, the most successful capacity-building projects:
address management and leadership issues that affect the organization as a whole, rather than a single department or program.
are focused on a single problem or issue, rather than a patchwork of unrelated problems or needs.
are critical to the organization's long-term success in achieving its mission.
are not always the best solution to an immediate crisis.
In addition to consultant fees, you may request funding for limited project-related costs (such as meeting costs or educational resources). However, these grants will not cover staff time or overhead costs. No matching funds are required.
Meyer offers and supports group learning opportunities throughout the year to eligible organizations that want to build capacity in racial equity or in undertaking systems change work.
Examples of recent group learning opportunities we’ve offered or supported include:
- A series of racial equity workshops exploring perspectives on race, racism, and racial and ethnic disparities, presented by Leadership Montgomery and facilitated by the Racial Equity Institute, LLC.
- A three-part training on the ins and outs of advocacy for nonprofit organizations, facilitated by the Alliance for Justice’s Bolder Advocacy initiative.
- A half-day working session on building a race equity culture within an organization, facilitated by Equity in the Center.
On an invitation-only basis, we also accept applications from organizations that wish to provide group learning opportunities in racial equity and systems change.
For questions about participating in a group learning opportunity or submitting an application as a group learning provider, please contact Karen FitzGerald.
Would you like to send members of your staff to a conference on racial equity, but don’t have the money in your budget to cover the registration? Is there a not-to-be missed convening that community organizers on your staff would love to attend, but you don’t have a way to pay for travel expenses?
Attending trainings and conferences can be great ways to learn new skills, be exposed to new ideas, find out what organizations and movements in other parts of the country are doing, and even replenish your spirit and renew your commitment to your work. But it’s not always easy for nonprofits to cover the costs of conferences and trainings, especially if they take place outside the DMV.
If your organization has received a program or operating grant since January 1, 2017, you are eligible to apply for a Learning and Travel Fund grant to help cover the registration fees and travel costs for conferences and trainings focused on systems change work to advance racial equity. A Learning and Travel Fund grant will pay for:
- 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.