PORTLAND, OR – Meyer Memorial Trust has announced 150 Annual Funding Opportunity grants, totaling $21.3 million, to organizations working to create a more equitable and flourishing Oregon. These grants will support organizations that work with and grow communities that have long experienced disparities.
Meyer redesigned its grants program five years ago and has since focused on investments that breakdown inequities through local and statewide policy and systems change. Last fall, in its 2019 AnnualFunding Opportunity, Meyer awarded 142 grants, totaling $17.5 million.
The AFO awards make up roughly two-thirds of Meyer’s annual grantmaking. In this tumultuous year, Meyer has awarded $1.9 million statewide in response to the pandemic, $250,000 for emergency wildfire relief in communities wrestling with the fires’ immediate aftermath, and an additional $1 million for the 2020 Community Rebuilding Fund, a partnership with Oregon Community Foundation and FordFamily Foundation to invest in recovery and rebuilding — particularly for Oregon’s vulnerable communities. In July, Meyer also awarded $1.3 million through Justice Oregon for Black Lives, a new five-year, $25 million initiative to invest in Black-led and Black-serving organizations, community well-being and lasting strategic change. RFPs and other opportunity grants make up the remainder of Meyer's grantmaking this year.
This batch of grants supports people and communities across Oregon, from the Northeastern corner to the Southern coast. The awards center around innovative practices, economic justice, intersectional organizing, community-centered advocacy, healthy democracy and responsive operations – outcomes reflected in Meyer’s four portfolios:
“We are proud to support community efforts that, taken together, help to show the way forward to a more flourishing and equitable state of Oregon,” said Kaberi Banarjee Murthy, Meyer’s director of program and strategy.
Some highlights among the awards:
About Meyer: Established in 1982 from the estate of grocery store founder Fred G. Meyer, Meyer Memorial Trust has awarded grants and program-related investments in excess of $834 million to more than 3,400 organizations. With current assets of approximately $840 million, Meyer focuses on work in Oregon in four areas Oregonians have identified as crucial to making the state better for all its residents: housing, education, the environment, and building stronger communities. In July, Meyer launched Justice Oregon for Black Lives, a five-year, $25 million initiative to uplift Black Oregonians, leadership and organizations by deepening investment in Black-led and Black-serving organizations, community well-being, and lasting strategic change. Learn more at mmt.org.