The Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $3.6 million to nonprofits and organizations working to advance racial equity and build the capacity of Meyer grantees and partners.
In its first grantmaking cycle of 2019, the foundation awarded sixty-six grants totaling nearly $3.3 million to nonprofits working to advance racial equity in the District of Columbia and the surrounding metropolitan area. Recipients include Access Youth, Advocates for Justice and Education, the Equity Lab, the School Justice Project, and Teaching for Change, all of which are working to advance systems change in the education field; the Legal Aid Justice Center and the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis in Virginia, both of which are advocating for 2020 legislation to make the temporary restoration of driver's license eligibility permanent for individuals who had their licenses suspended due to an unpaid court debt; and the Montgomery County Renters Alliance, Montgomery Housing Partnership, and Homeless Persons Representation Project, which will use their grants to mobilize tenants in low-income communities and communities of color to challenge discriminatory housing policies, maximize affordable housing preservation and development, and minimize displacement in their communities.
The foundation also awarded four grants totaling $340,000 in support of efforts to help Meyer grantees and community partners strengthen their capacity to build movements that impact systems and advance racial equity. Grant recipients include the Central American Resource Center and Movement Matters in Washington, D.C.
For a complete list of grant recipients, see the Meyer Foundation website.
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