HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES

Annual Funding Opportunity

The Housing Opportunities portfolio considers proposals that further our goals of opening doors to opportunity and strengthening communities through safe, affordable housing.

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 Housing Opportunities' 2018 Annual Funding Opportunity


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.
Achieving a truly flourishing and equitable Oregon will require us to overcome serious issues, including high housing costs, substandard housing conditions, fair housing and equal access, the overall short supply of affordable housing, and coordination with essential services.

Identifying and closing disparities is core to Meyer’s mission. All Housing Opportunities investments support under-resourced communities, including communities of color, underserved rural communities and other marginalized populations. Funding will be prioritized for projects that reach Oregonians with incomes at or below 60 percent of Area Median Income (AMI) or Median Family Income (MFI). 

This Annual Funding Opportunity supports the funding goals of Meyer’s core housing program. For information on our upcoming Affordable Housing Initiative funding opportunities, please visit: mmt.org/rfp

 

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 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 either:

  1. Preserve + increase the number of affordable housing rental units;

  2. Support the housing stability + success of Oregonians living on low incomes; or

  3. Strengthen the housing sector by building capacity, diversity, equity and inclusion + collaboration

Read the full details on our Housing Opportunities core funding goals, intended outcomes and examples of what we may fund in this round.
 

Available funding

Meyer anticipates awarding approximately $3.9 million through this Housing Opportunities funding opportunity for capacity-building efforts, projects, programs, operating support and capital support that will advance our Housing Opportunities core funding goals.

We aim to fund a broad 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 single-family home construction, unless it is linked to a larger-scale strategy to mitigate displacement at a neighborhood level

  • 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 related to housing stability and success

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

 

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 visit mmt.org/apply/applicant-
    resources/collaborative-proposals. If you are interested in a grant for a larger collaborative project, please contact a member of our 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 project grants and capacity-building grants under Goal 2 was approximately $115,000. Under Goal 3, the the average size of project grants and capacity-building grants (excluding small technical assistance grants) was approximately $108,000. Technical assistance grants in 2017 averaged about $24,000. 

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. 

    For general support of organizations that strongly advance the Housing Opportunities core program goals and do a majority of their work in affordable housing;

    • Organization or collaborative should play a unique and/or important role in the field and have wider impact for the sector (e.g., as an intermediary, is seen as a field leader in Oregon or nationally); and

    • The organization must have DEI strategies as a meaningful part of its work plan for the grant period; and

    • Demonstrate leadership for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the context of the community where it works

Capital Support — primarily supports land or physical property

  • Capital grants for preservation and new construction of affordable, multifamily rental housing. In 2018 we will consider capital requests of up to $300,000 over one to two years, sized in relation to the project size/number of units. Eligible uses include pre-development, construction, land and building acquisition and rehab
     

Click here to see a visual representation of Meyer’s 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
     

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 Housing Opportunities team member directly with questions about this funding opportunity
  • Contact us at grantops [at] mmt.org with questions about GrantIS