HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT

Annual Funding Opportunity

The Healthy Environment portfolio considers proposals that further our vision of nurturing a resilient natural environment, while supporting the well-being of Oregon’s diverse cultures and communities. 

Our 2018 application window is now closed. Meyer will invite the most promising applicants to submit a Full Proposal in mid-June. Once invited, organizations have three weeks to submit a full proposal, due in July. Meyer makes final award decisions in November, with funding available to organizations in early 201​9.

>> See a resource packet for Healthy Environment's 2018 Annual Funding Opportunity

 

About Healthy Environment

Our environmental investments are grounded in the belief that a flourishing and equitable Oregon depends on healthy ecosystems and clean water and air for all. Through the Healthy Environment portfolio, we work toward this in two ways: a Statewide Program that aims to build an inclusive environmental movement and engages and supports nonprofits working on a range of place-based and statewide efforts to protect and improve the environment, and the Willamette River Initiative, a 10-year commitment by Meyer to improve the health of the watershed that more than two-thirds of Oregonians call home.

Our environmental investments are grounded in the belief that a flourishing and equitable Oregon depends on healthy ecosystems and clean water and air for all.
 

Statewide Program

The Statewide Program works to protect and improve the health and resiliency of Oregon's environment while addressing the systems and structures in our communities that create unfair advantages for some groups and disadvantages for others in their access to a healthy environment. We prioritize efforts that aim to alter the status quo, and we value community-led approaches that align resources and organizations for greater impact.

Learn more about the Statewide Program at mmt.org/portfolio/environment/goals-outcomes
 

Willamette River Initiative (WRI)

WRI is a 10-year commitment to improve river health along the 187-mile Willamette and its tributaries. We envision a future river system that supports healthy ecosystems and vibrant communities.

Learn more about the Willamette River Initiative at http://willametteinitiative.org/

 

Equity commitment

Equity is a central tenet in all Meyer’s grantmaking. 

All applicants — regardless of where in their equity journey they may be today — must demonstrate a commitment to ongoing growth through the integration of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) principles into both their external programming or services and internal structures and operations.

Learn more about how Meyer thinks about equity at mmt.org/applicant-resources/diversity

     

    Funding goals

    Meyer has identified several intended outcomes under each of the following Healthy Environment funding goals. Applicants will be asked to indicate which goal (only one) and which of its associated outcomes (up to two) their proposed work best supports. Applications that do not make a strong and clear connection to at least one of Meyer’s intended outcomes will not be successful.

    Read the full details on our Healthy Environment statewide funding goals, intended outcomes and examples of what we may fund in this round.

    All proposals must advance one of the following Healthy Environment Statewide Program funding goals:

    1. Achieve the mutual goals of community well-being, economic vitality + environmental stewardship

    2. Ensure that environmental impacts + benefits are equitably distributed among communities

    3. Support a movement to ensure a healthy environment that is effective + relevant for all of Oregon’s diverse communities

    4. Ensure that natural systems are resilient and able to adapt to changing conditions + long-term impacts

    Available funding

    Meyer anticipates awarding approximately $3.6 million through this Healthy Environment funding opportunity for capacity-building efforts, projects, programs and operating support that will advance our Healthy Environment Statewide Program funding goals and outcomes.

    We strive to fund a mix of statewide, regional-scale and local/place-based efforts in urban and rural Oregon, including tribal nations. We encourage organizations whose work advances our Healthy Environment goals but that may not identify as environmental organizations to apply, as well as those that do identify in this way. We prioritize projects that primarily benefit communities and populations that experience disparities, including people of color, low-income populations, immigrants and refugees and indigenous communities and tribes.

    We anticipate funding projects that address a range of issues such as climate and energy, fresh water and watersheds, environmental health, pollution/toxics reduction, environmental justice, community livability and the built environment (including transportation), forest and land conservation, sustainable food systems, marine conservation, sustainable economic development, and biodiversity protection.

    What doesn't fit

    The following are not strong fits for the Healthy Environment annual funding opportunity:

    • Environmental education, outdoor learning and outdoor recreation projects and programs, unless they are part of a larger effort that demonstrates measurable environmental impact or systems change
    • Projects that support public health impact or food access benefits but do not demonstrate measurable environmental impact
    • School or community garden programs unless they are linked to a larger-scale sustainability or environmental systems change strategy
    • Single-site/small-scale restoration, stewardship and acquisition projects unless they are part of a landscape-scale/systems change strategy
    • Efforts to advance equity through programming when the organization has taken no steps to incorporate diversity, equity and inclusion principles into their internal structures and operations

    Grant Types + Amounts

    Capacity Building Support — primarily supports internal organizational and collaborative needs

    • Capacity building grants will be $10,000 to $185,000 total over one to three years. Generally, larger awards support multiple years
    • Grants for technical assistance and collaborative planning efforts — two types of capacity building — are generally up to $35,000
       

    *In 2017, the average size of a Healthy Environment Statewide Program capacity building grant was $120,000 over two years. The average size of a technical assistance or collaborative planning grant was $25,000 over one year.


    Project Support — primarily supports programmatic work

    • Project grants will be $10,000 to $185,000 total over one to three years. Generally, smaller awards support grassroots organizations and larger awards support multiple years. 
    • For collaboratives, we will consider up to $250,000 total over two to three years. To learn how Meyer defines a collaborative for this purpose, please click here. If you are interested in a grant for a larger collaborative project, please contact a member of our Healthy Environment team to determine whether or not your collaborative project is a good fit for a large request and to receive guidance on the amount to request
       

    *In 2017, the average size of a Healthy Environment Statewide Program project grant was $115,000 over two years

    Operating Support — unrestricted support

    • Awards will be up to $75,000 per year for two or three years and are sized in relation to the organization’s annual operating budget such that Meyer’s operating grant does not constitute more than approximately 20 percent of the organization’s total annual budget
    • General operating support grants will primarily be awarded to organizations working on public policy and systems change; key intermediaries and networks that serve the interests of many organizations working for a healthy environment; or key organizations or networks that play a unique role in the field and that has wider impact for the sector (e.g. is a field leader in Oregon or nationally)
    • All Healthy Environment operating support grantees will have demonstrated internal and external commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; the strongest candidate organizations will also demonstrate diversity, equity and inclusion leadership in the context of the community and field where they work
    • We strongly encourage you to contact program staff to determine whether your organization is a good candidate for an operating support grant
       

    In addition to this funding opportunity, Meyer supports the Conservation Bridge Fund in partnership with Craft3, offering a regional resource for conservation capital that offers short-term, low-interest loans for the following purposes:

    • Acquire land and secure conservation easements

    • Acquire water rights

    • Working forests

    • Open spaces

    • Perform stewardship and restoration activities for projects in Oregon and the Columbia River Gorge

    • Working farmlands

    • Re-naturing projects in urban areas

    • Nature access improvements

    To learn if your project would be a good fit, contact Brad Hunter at CBF [at] Craft3.org or visit www.Craft3.org/LandConservation.

    Who we fund

    We seek to partner with organizations that:

    • Share our goals and vision for change
    • Are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in their organizations and partnerships
    • Have a track record of effective work directly related to our funding priorities or have identified such work as a strategic and mission-aligned priority over the grant period
    • Collaborate with other organizations in their community, within the same sector and/ or across sectors
    • Recognize and can articulate the intersection between their organization’s work and broader policies and systems
    • Have effective leadership that engages a base of community support
    • Demonstrate the administrative capacity, financial planning and organizational commitment to implement their proposed project
    • Are committed to understanding and evaluating the impact and effectiveness of their work
       

    Note: Organizations that have an active multi-year grant through a previous Meyer Annual Funding Opportunity are not eligible to apply for a 2018 Funding Opportunity grant except in specific cases. For more information, please see the Eligibility and Alignment section at mmt.org/resources or contact your assigned Meyer program staff. 

    Eligibility

    To determine if your project is a good fit, please review the following information:

     

    Application process

    Meyer uses a two-step application process for our annual funding opportunity. Initial Applications are welcome from any eligible organization seeking to advance one of the portfolio’s goals. After reviewing Initial Applications, we will invite the most promising applicants to submit a full proposal.


    Applicants should:

    1. Create or update their profile in GrantIS, Meyer’s online application portal. The activation process can take several days, so please be sure to set up your account well in advance of the application deadline.

      1. New GrantIS users, please visit: https://grantis.mmt.org/questionnaire to create an account.

      2. Applicants with existing GrantIS accounts, please visit https://grantis.mmt.org/ and check that your organization’s information (e.g., mailing address, Board members, etc.) is up to date.

    Meyer will notify organizations in mid-June whether or not they are invited to submit a full proposal. If invited, organizations will have three weeks to do so. 

    After reviewing proposals and following up either in person or over the phone, we anticipate making final award decisions by the end of 2018, with funding available to organizations in early 2019.

    More Questions?

    • Read our Your Questions page
    • Participate in one of our community information sessions
    • Contact us at questions [at] mmt.org or 503-228-5512 to contact a Healthy Environment team member directly with questions about this funding opportunity
    • Contact us at grantops [at] mmt.org with questions about GrantIS