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.