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10/23/20 5:00 PM ET
Grants to Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for projects that promote social justice in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funding is intended to make recovery from the health crisis equitable and just. Eligible applicants must work with and for the people and communities of the Greater Washington region. This is defined as Washington, DC; Montgomery and/or Prince George’s counties, Maryland; Arlington, Fairfax, and/or Prince William counties, Virginia; and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Fairfax City, Falls Church, Manassas, and/or Manassas Park, Virginia.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a racial justice issue that has worsened existing inequities and disproportionately harms Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other people of color. Rebuilding from COVID-19 must be rooted in equity, justice, and shared humanity in ways that don’t just return to pre-pandemic policies and practices, but instead help build a more racially just society that works for everyone in the region.
Meyer will support work that addresses systems – policies, practices, priorities, and culture – that have created and perpetuated the inequities exposed and exacerbated during the pandemic. Meyer Foundation's aim in this grant round is to support work that challenges and changes systems that perpetuate inequity before, during, and in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Examples of eligible work could include campaigns to protect renters and prevent evictions; protect the rights of workers disproportionately affected by the pandemic; support immigrants who have been excluded from government-sponsored COVID-19 relief efforts; expand access to health care; projects to promote community-based anti-violence initiatives; and other such systems change work. Meyer will also consider support for ward- or neighborhood-based mutual aid efforts that combine services with political education and community organizing. This list is not exhaustive. Meyer may support other campaigns and projects not described here as long as they contribute to an equitable and just COVID-19 recovery with a focus on systems change.
In keeping with a pledge the Foundation has made to focus its COVID-19 response on building the power of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other people of color, Meyer Foundation will give priority in this grant round to BIPOC-led organizations, projects, or campaigns whose primary tactics are community organizing, base and power building, and advocacy.
Additionally, the Foundation is especially interested in funding:
GrantWatch ID#: 180696
Meyer will award 10 to 15 restricted project grants.
Since Meyer's intention is to support current and near-term work focused on specific, immediate, and winnable targets for change, Meyer Foundation expects the length of the grant period to typically be 12 to 18 months.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Application portal: https://meyer-portal.givingdata.com/login
Julian A. Haynes, Meyer’s Partnerships and Strategy Director for Maryland: email@example.com
Nadine Duplessy Kearns, Meyer’s Partnerships and Strategy Director for DC: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sonia Quiñónez, Meyer’s Partnerships and Strategy Director for Virginia: email@example.com
USA: Maryland: Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties; Virginia: Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William Counties; and the Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Fairfax City, Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park; Washington, DC
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