HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT

Annual Funding Opportunity

Meyer's 2019 Annual Funding Opportunity is open! Applications are due on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 5 p.m.

Meyer invites proposals that further our goal of nurturing a resilient natural environment, while simultaneously supporting the well-being of Oregon’s diverse cultures and communities.

>> See a resource packet for Healthy Environment's 2019 Annual Funding Opportunity

About Healthy Environment

Through this funding opportunity, we prioritize investing in efforts and organizations that protect and improve the health and resiliency of Oregon’s natural environment and address 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 aimed at changing the status quo because “business as usual” perpetuates an exploitative and transactional relationship with people and the planet that causes harm to both. Instead, we support restorative, community-led approaches that align resources and organizations and are based on values of justice, cooperation, ecological sustainability and equity. 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 — large and small — that shape how we care for the planet and each other.

Learn more about Meyer's vision for a healthy environment

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:

• 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

Available funding

Meyer anticipates awarding approximately $3.5 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

Project — 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 (Learn how Meyer defines a collaborative for this purpose)

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 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 a consultant to assist an organization with specific projects

Grants (including collaborative planning efforts) will be 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 2019 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. 

Eligibility

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

• Our Approach

• Who We Fund 

• Applicant Resources

• Equitable Education Goals + Outcomes

Application process

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. After reviewing applications, we will invite the most promising applicants to submit a full proposal.

 

Applicants should:

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 Wednesday, May 15.  
Preview the application and questions.

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 an Equitable Education team member directly with questions about this funding opportunity

Contact us at grantops [at] mmt.org with questions about GrantIS