The Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation in Washington, D.C., has announced grants totaling more than $1.18 million to nonprofits working to address the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic and advance racial equity and justice in the national capital region.
General operating support grants were awarded to twenty-eight organizations in the metro D.C. area working to address the impacts of COVID-19, with a focus on building the power of African American, Indigenous, Latinx and other communities of color that have been disproportionally impacted by the virus. Grants also were awarded to people of color-led organizations working to build power through organizing as well as in support of policy advocacy focused on addressing inequities and systems failures that have been exposed by the pandemic. Grant recipients include Advocates for Justice and Education, CASA, Empower DC, Many Languages One Voice, the Prince George's Leadership Action Network, the Social Good Fund, Tenants and Workers United, and the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless.
"Whether they are pushing to include undocumented immigrants in government-sponsored relief programs, protect renters as eviction moratoriums are lifted around the region, or ensure a racially equitable budget and rebuild, what unites these twenty-eight organizations is their deep commitment to reimagining systems and investing the time, energy, and resources to build those systems," said Karen Fitzgerald, the foundation’s vice president for community partnerships and learning. "We stand in solidarity with these organizations as they work to build movements for racial justice that will transform systems that will help all to thrive."
For a complete list of grant recipients, see the Meyer Foundation website
(Photo credit: Advocates for Justice and Education)