Meyer's 2021 Annual Funding Opportunity will open on March 15, apply by at 5 p.m., on Monday, April 19.
Each year the Healthy Environment portfolio considers proposals that further our goal of nurturing a resilient natural environment, while simultaneously supporting the well-being of Oregon’s diverse cultures and communities.
About Healthy Environment
Our support for a healthy environment is grounded in the belief that a flourishing and equitable Oregon depends on healthy ecosystems and clean water and air for all. We envision thriving communities and regenerative natural systems that are based on values of justice, cooperation, ecological sustainability and equity.
Unfortunately, the institutions, infrastructure and regulatory systems that govern our relationship with nature are not up to the task of delivering on this vision. This is because these systems are designed to exploit and divide people and nature, rather than nurture and support them. They don’t reflect the wisdom of the people who have stewarded this land we now call Oregon since time immemorial. They have not kept up with new approaches and knowledge about how to confront and adapt to our climate crisis. Nor do they include the voices of all communities who call Oregon home today.
The experience of the past year - the pandemic, uprising for racial justice and climate change-driven wildfires - has put these long-standing realities in stark relief, such that there is no denying the urgent need for deep transformation.
Through our grantmaking we aim to tackle the challenges of racism and ecological collapse by supporting a range of place-based and statewide solutions that aim to address the underlying drivers of these interconnected crises. We prioritize efforts aimed at challenging our current mindset and healing relationships with nature and each other. We support efforts to build power in communities to resist continued exploitation, as well as create and implement regenerative, community-led solutions. Strong proposals may advance new and proven approaches at all levels — organizational, local, regional and state — that aim to change the rules, relationships, roles and practices in institutions and systems that shape how we care for the planet and each other.
Equity is a central tenet in all Meyer’s grantmaking.
All applicants — regardless of where in their equity journey they may be — 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
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.
All proposals must advance one of the following Healthy Environment Statewide Program funding goals:
• Ensure that environmental impacts + benefits are equitably distributed among communities
• Support a movement to ensure a healthy environment that is effective + relevant for all Oregon’s diverse communities
• Ensure that natural systems are resilient and able to adapt to changing conditions + long-term impacts
Read the full details on our healthy environment funding goals, intended outcomes and examples of what we may fund in this round.
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 support for work led by and that primarily benefits 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 or two 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.
Project — primarily supports programmatic work
• Project grants will be $10,000 to $185,000 total over one or two 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 years (Learn how Meyer defines a collaborative for this purpose)
Operating Support — unrestricted support
• Awards will be up to $100,000 per year for two 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 will be awarded only to organizations, collaboratives and key intermediaries that address priorities of this portfolio’s priority populations and demonstrate an internal DEI commitment and stability and success in their core work
Technical Assistance — short-term interventions by an outside consultant who assists an organization strengthen internal leadership, management and governance, and by developing strategies, systems, structures and skills
• Grants for technical assistance and collaborative planning efforts — are generally up to $35,000
Learn more about these types of grants at mmt.org/apply/grant-types
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 2021 Annual 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.
To determine if your project is a good fit, please review the following information:
Meyer uses a one-step application process for our annual funding opportunity. Applications are welcome from any eligible organization seeking to advance one of the portfolio’s goals.
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.
New GrantIS users, please visit: https://grantis.mmt.org/questionnaire to create an account.
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.
Submit their grant application no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, April 19.
Read our Your Questions page
Register here to join our information session on Monday, March 1, 2021, at 10:00 am
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