The D.C.-based Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $3.2 million in support of nonprofit organizations in the national capital region.
The October awards include seventy-seven grants totaling $3.11 million focused on supporting nonprofits working to eliminate racial disparities in housing, education, employment, and asset building. In addition, four grants totaling $103,450 were awarded in support of capacity-building activities.
Recipients include the Alliance for Justice, which was awarded $30,000 to provide advocacy training for a cohort of Meyer grantees; the Black Swan Academy, which was awarded $25,000 in support of its youth civic leadership and engagement programming; Many Languages One Voice, which will receive $30,000 in support of its Movement Matters board recruitment, training, and placement programming and its Organizers' Institute; and Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Care, which was awarded $60,000 over two years in support of its wraparound services in Prince George's County, Maryland.
"Today, we are able to count more organizations doing systems change work — work that seeks to address the root causes of inequities, including advocacy to achieve systems change — to our grantmaking portfolio than ever before," said Terri D. Wright, the foundation's vice president for program and community, in a blog post. "To advance the long-term goals of our strategic plan grounded in racial equity and taking what we’ve learned from the communities into careful consideration, each grantee partner was looked at thoroughly and thoughtfully through a racial equity lens. The funding shifts we’ve made toward systems change are in response to the unaddressed needs and inequities in our region, but we continue to recognize the important work of organizations that provide critical direct services — even as we’ve had to make tough decisions about transitioning some from the Meyer portfolio."
For a complete list of the foundation's October grants, see the Meyer Foundation website.
(Photo credit: Many Languages One Voice)