Meyer's 2021 Annual Funding Opportunity will open on March 15, apply by Monday, April 19.
Each year the Housing Opportunities portfolio considers proposals that further our goals of opening doors to opportunity and strengthening communities through safe, affordable housing.
>> Housing Opportunities 2021 Annual Funding Opportunity resource packet
>> Preview the application questions
About Housing Opportunities
Decent, safe and affordable housing, and the stability it offers, helps us to build better lives and strengthen communities. The vision of Meyer’s Housing Opportunities portfolio is that every Oregonian has a safe, decent and affordable place to call home.
To get there, we must first face hard truths about racism and white supremacy that are deeply entrenched in our nation and our state. At Meyer, we root our approach in racial equity first, along with the other types of oppression that often layer on top of racism: sexism, ableism, anti-immigration and colorism, to name a few.
Racial justice and equity are central tenets in all Meyer’s grantmaking. All applicants must demonstrate a commitment to ongoing growth through the integration of diversity, equity and inclusion into both their external programming or services and internal structures and operations.
Identifying and closing disparities is also core to Meyer’s mission. Investments in the Housing Opportunities portfolio will reflect a mix of rural and urban grantees that offer, through an equity lens, a vision and approach to analyzing historical and current racist and discriminatory housing practices that have created disparities and working directly to eliminate those disparities so that all Oregonians have the opportunity to obtain safe, stable and affordable housing.
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
Meyer has identified several intended outcomes under each of the following Housing Opportunities funding goals. Applicants will be asked to indicate which primary 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 funding goals:
• Preserve + increase the number of affordable housing rental units for priority population
• Support the housing stability + success of priority populations; or
• Foster stronger, more equitable and more effective affordable housing systems and strategies
Read the full details on our Housing Opportunities funding goals, intended outcomes and examples of what we may fund in this round.
We seek to fund a mix of projects and strategies in rural, suburban and urban communities across the state, including efforts on tribal lands. We anticipate funding projects that address a range of housing opportunity issues and challenges and use a variety of approaches to achieve our goals.
Taken as a whole, we expect the Housing Opportunities portfolio to include an array of different types of housing preservation and development projects, systems-level policy change initiatives, collaborations among housing organizations and other partners, supportive services provided by individual agencies or collaboratives, and organization-specific capacity building projects.
Our support for these populations will include investments in rural, underserved communities. See mmt.org/apply/applicant-resources/rural for more information.
What doesn't fit
The following are not strong fits for the Housing Opportunities annual funding opportunity:
• Grants to build or operate emergency shelter or short-term transitional housing
• Grants to support short-term housing options (unless those have a clear process/path to permanent housing)
• Grants to build or support standalone or small scale single-family home construction
• Projects that might affect an individual’s ability to secure housing but which do not propose to track or measure the actual experience of people to access and retain housing
• Projects that support positive impacts in other systems of care (e.g., public health impacts, etc.) but do not demonstrate measurable positive impacts on housing
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
Capital Support — primarily supports land or physical property
• We will consider capital requests of up to $300,000 total over one or two years for preservation and new construction of affordable, multifamily housing and homeownership, sized in relation to the project size/number of units
Operating Support — unrestricted support
• Awards will be up to $75,000 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
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. To learn how Meyer defines a collaborative for this purpose, please visit mmt.org/apply/applicant-resources/collaborative-proposals
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. Click here to see a visual representation of the Housing Opportunities portfolios' goals, outcomes, funding ranges and types to help applicants assess the best fit.
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
For more information, including Meyer’s general eligibility criteria, please visit mmt.org/who-we-fund
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.
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Contact us at questions [at] mmt.org or 503-228-5512 to contact a Housing Opportunities team member directly with questions about this funding opportunity
Contact us at grantops [at] mmt.org with questions about GrantIS