Meyer Foundation: D.C. Metro Area Grants

OVERVIEW: The Meyer Foundation supports racial equity, housing, education, employment, and asset building in the D.C. metro area.

FUNDING AREAS: Racial equity, housing, education, employment, asset building

IP TAKE: This funder is all about equity in the D.C. region, so ask for general operating support that will affect structural racism and inequity.

PROFILE: Established in 1944, the Meyer Foundation is a private foundation based in Washington, D.C. Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer created this foundation to serve their home region. Eugene Meyer was an owner and publisher of The Washington Post, an investment banker, and a public servant for seven U.S. presidents. Agnes Meyer was a journalist, author, lecturer, and activist. The Meyer Foundation “pursues and invests in solutions that build an equitable Greater Washington community in which economically disadvantaged people thrive.” It funds local efforts for racial equity, housing, education, employment, and asset building.

The Meyer Foundation’s grantmaking approach is centered on equity and fighting systemic racism. It’s priority giving areas are interconnected, so accordingly, the funder invests in cultural, institutional policy, and power balance change. Recently, the foundation has been particularly interested in programs that engage youth leaders of color. Meyer most frequently provides general operating support to give organizations the most flexibility possible. However, Meyer does not often provide funding for capital or start-up costs.

Grants range between about $10,000 and $50,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving on the recent grantees page of the funder’s website. Grantmaking focuses on the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. In addition to the city of Washington, D.C., Meyer supports Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland, as well as the Virginia cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Manassas, Manassas Park and the Virginia counties of Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William. Past local grantees include Access Youth, the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center, Calvary Women's Services, and City First Enterprises.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. It has two grantmaking round per year with deadlines in January and July. The application process is all online. Direct general questions to the staff at 202-483-8294 or via online form.

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