The Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation in Washington, D.C., has announced grants totaling $3.2 million in support of efforts to eliminate racial disparities in housing, education, and employment and drive asset building through systems change.
Awarded under the foundation's revised goals and selection criteria, which put a renewed focus on the link between race and poverty, the seventy-three grants include eleven awards totaling $335,000 to first-time recipients.
The total includes a capacity-building grant of $65,000 to Leadership Montgomery in support of a yearlong racial equity development and enrichment program for local business, nonprofit, and government leaders in Montgomery County, Maryland; general operating support grants of $35,000 to Advocates for Justice and Education, $30,000 to the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center, and $50,000 to College Tracks; a grant of $30,000 to the Equal Rights Center in support of its fair housing work; and a grant of $75,000 over two years to Goodwill of Greater Washington in support of workforce development programs in Prince George's County.
Under its new strategy, the foundation also has reorganized program directors around geographic areas — the District of Columbia, northern Virginia, and Maryland — and has committed to expanding its grantmaking and deepening relationships in suburban areas of Maryland and Virginia, while transitioning out some past grantees.
"We expect to continue to transition organizations out of the Meyer portfolio over the next few grant rounds as we pursue a clear focus on systems change efforts that advance racial equity," said Terri D. Wright, the foundation's vice president for program and community, in a blog post. "[The June grants] represent the very beginning of our evolution toward funding systems change. This evolution doesn't come without growing pains, but we believe that together we can make a difference in our region."