How Meyer Thinks About Rural

To fulfill Meyer’s mission we use an equity lens in an effort to support the creation of  social conditions that lead to thriving economic, political and social rights and opportunities in the lives of people at every level of society. The unique challenges of rural communities are considered within our equity lens to achieve social justice.

Meyer will prioritize funding to under-resourced communities including communities of color, culturally-specific organizations, and rural communities that lack access to opportunities.

We consider underserved rural communities as those with:

  • Populations of 40,000 or less and/or access to rural specific-funding;
  • and lack of proximity to a metro area (population size of 50,000 or greater);
  • and one or more of the following:
    • Low income, such as:
      • High levels of poverty*
      • Gaps of incomes and cost of living
      • High levels of generational poverty or persistent cycles of poverty
    • Limited infrastructure, such as:
      • Regional connectivity (transportation, communications)
      • Social services (affordable child care, emergency food, shelters)
      • Healthcare (maintenance and prevention)
      • Emergency services (public safety, fire and rescue)
      • Economic services (business development, access to capital, and employment services)   

*a person or family with a household income at or below 60% of median family income or median area income.