Capacity-building is a core part of Meyer's work.
Our capacity-building support includes the following:
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 for Racial Equity | Because we know many organizations are interested in incorporating racial equity into their external work or internal operations, we will award one-year grants of up to $30,000 to eligible organizations to bring on an outside consultant to help them to do so. Competitive racial equity projects could focus on:
- Strategic planning
- Organizational assessment
- Board and staff development
- Human Resources
Capacity-Building for Organizational Effectiveness | For eligible organizations directly aligned with Meyer’s programmatic goals and focus on racial equity and systems change, Meyer will award one-year grants of up to $30,000 to work with a consultant to strengthen overall organizational effectiveness. Examples of eligible work under this grant could include:
- Strategic and business planning
- Executive and team coaching
- Board and staff development
- Fundraising planning
- Financial management
- Leadership transition
- Capacity to align and partner with others around shared community goals
If your organization does not incorporate a racial equity lens into its work or has not begun the process to do so, you will not be eligible to apply for this grant.
These capacity-building grants will enable organizations to hire consultants to help the board and staff accomplish work that requires time, energy, expertise, and innovative thinking beyond everyday operations.
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.
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.
Capacity-building grant recipients are not required to work with a particular consultant, although their selection of a consultant must be approved as part of the final stage of the application process. For applicants that need help finding a consultant, Meyer staff can serve as a resource. Organizations are not required to have identified their consultants at the time they apply.
Individual organizations wishing to apply for a capacity-building grant must have received a Meyer operating or program grant on or after January 1, 2017.
Formal collective impact initiatives, as well as coalitions and networks working collaboratively to advance shared community goals, are also eligible to apply. Initiatives that Meyer has supported since January 1, 2017 will have priority for funding, but we will also consider requests from initiatives the Foundation has not previously funded.
How to Apply
Eligible organizations wishing to apply for a capacity-building grant should first contact their program director to discuss the proposed project.
Over the past five years, Meyer has partnered with providers from around the country to bring capacity-building programs to cohorts of our grantee partners. We will continue to offer these capacity-building opportunities in 2019, which will be focused on racial equity and building the capacity of systemic change makers. Grants to capacity-building providers interested in leading these trainings and cohorts will be accepted by invitation only. For more information about cohort capacity-building, please contact Karen FitzGerald.