During the period of April-June 2017, 72 grants totaling $14,050,000 were approved by the Surdna Foundation staff and board to further the Foundation’s mission of fostering just and sustainable communities in the United States – communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures. Grants are listed below by program area with additional information about the specific line of work within each program.  Grant information is also available in our grants database.

Strong Local Economies

The American Prospect, Washington, DC - $125,000               
General operating support, which includes support for The American Prospect’s Writing Fellows Program. (1 year)
Line of work:  Equitable Economic Development

Aspen Institute, Washington, DC - $100,000              
To support the Aspen Institute Forum on Latino Business Growth, a 3-day gathering that will bring together 28 leaders and practitioners from across sectors and disciplines to grapple with and generate ideas for high-impact interventions that will help stakeholders overcome obstacles to scaling Latino owned businesses. (1 year)
Line of work:  Business Development and Acceleration

Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers, Baltimore, MD - $150,000            
To support the creation of economic opportunities for Baltimore City residents through anchor institution economic inclusion strategies. (1 year)              
Line of work:  Equitable Economic Development

Camelback Ventures, New Orleans, LA - $75,000     
To launch a pilot cohort that will focus on developing entrepreneurs in New Orleans to create more good jobs, particularly for women of color. (1 year)  
Line of work:  Business Development and Acceleration

Center for Innovation in Worker Organization, New Brunswick, NJ - $200,000
To support the Center for Innovation in Worker Organization's Co-Enforcement and Building the Bench projects. (2 years) 
Line of work:  Job Quality and Career Pathways

Didtechnology, Inc., Atlanta, GA - $150,000               
Program support to the BIG Accelerator program, a 26-week incubator program for black and Latina women tech entrepreneurs located in downtown Atlanta. (1 year)             
Line of work:  Business Development and Acceleration

Good Jobs First, Washington, DC - $600,000             
General operating support as Good Jobs First continues to advance equitable economic development policies and practices across the country. (3 years)
Line of work:  Equitable Economic Development

Good Work Network, New Orleans LA - $180,000      
To assist Good Work Network in its development of strategic, market-driven technical assistance and policy-based advocacy. The goal is to increase the stability and growth of diverse small businesses and promote creation of higher-profit minority businesses. This grant also supports Good Work Network’s efforts to develop a mini management program for artists and to strengthen the ecosystem of support for artists/art based businesses. (18 months)
Line of work:  Business Development and Acceleration

Lorraine Civil Rights Museum Foundation, Memphis, TN - $200,000
To support MLK50, a series of events and projects commemorating the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination and to support the Justice through Journalism project. (1 year) 
Line of work:  Equitable Economic Development

Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College, New York, NY - $100,000     
To produce a series of policy briefings on issues of: a) employment, labor markets and community economic development; b) small- and medium-sized local business infrastructure; and c) trends in income, poverty and inequality by race\ethnicity\national origin in New York City. The data and analysis will be used to lead a series of policy workshops, seminars, and discussions with academics, practitioners, and policy makers focused on the crucial economic and community development policy challenges facing the Latino community and exploring potential solutions that can have a positive impact for New York City and State. (1 year)       
Line of work:  Equitable Economic Development

New American Leaders Project, New York, NY - $170,000     
To provide state and local elected officials with leadership training, skills building, and networking opportunities. The grant will also support the completion of a documentary film on a trailblazing legislator and related impact campaign. (1 year)             
Line of work:  Equitable Economic Development

NewCorp, Inc., New Orleans, LA - $150,000                
To aid in the development of the New Orleans Black Mardi Gras Indian Co-Op to create opportunities for the Black masking Indians to monetize their trade through the sale of their suits and other items produced by co-op members. (1 year)
Line of work:  Business Development and Acceleration

The New York Women's Foundation, New York, NY - $150,000            
To support the New York City Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color. (2 years)                             
Line of work:  Job Quality and Career Pathways

PolicyLink, Oakland, CA - $100,000              
General operating support to help strengthen PolicyLink's capacity and build financial reserves through the Reserve and Growth fund which will also help PolicyLink weather funding fluctuations and respond rapidly to urgent issues. (1 year) 
Line of work:  Equitable Economic Development

Raise the Floor Alliance, Chicago  IL - $150,000       
General operating support for education, training, and advocacy to improve job quality for Chicago’s low-wage workers, addressing on wage theft, racial unity “Know Your Rights” training, and anti-retaliation advocacy. (1 year)
Line of work:  Job Quality and Career Pathways

Roadmap Consulting, Oakland, CA - $125,000          
To provide capacity building for three of Surdna's Strong Local Economies grantee partners, as well as provide crisis response training to Surdna grantees. (1 year)
Line of work:  Job Quality and Career Pathways

World Business Chicago, Chicago, IL - $150,000     
To enable Chicago Anchors for a Strong Economy (CASE), a program of World Business Chicago, to increase its supplier matchmaking and support offered to anchor partners. (1 year)
Line of work:  Equitable Economic Development

Sustainable Environments

Emerald Cities Collaborative, Inc., Washington, DC - $300,000            
To support Emerald Cities Collaborative (ECC) high road implementation tools in six cities with a focus on building community-based energy and water infrastructure projects in key markets. (18 months)
Line of work:  Just Energy: Shifting Power to People

Energy Programs Consortium, Washington, DC - $35,000     
To support efforts for low- and moderate-income homeowners to access energy efficiency loan products without undue financial burden. (1 year)   
Line of work:  Just Energy: Shifting Power to People

Green Infrastructure Leadership Exchange, Philadelphia, PA - $200,000          
To support ongoing activities of the Green Infrastructure Leadership Exchange, a city-to-city practitioner network and information center that seeks to accelerate research, innovation and implementation around green stormwater infrastructure. (2 years)
Line of work:  Urban Water Management

ISAIAH, St. Paul, MN - $225,000    
To support ISAIAH and Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC) to build a Midwestern regional strategy grounded in state-based power building organizations for a fair economy, sustainable environmental policies, and racial equity. (1 year) 
Line of work:  Integrated Infrastructure

Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, Los Angeles, CA - $300,000            
To support the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy's research of Los Angeles County’s watershed management needs and advocate for green water infrastructure solutions that promote drought adaption, quality jobs and environmental and community benefits. (3 years)               
Line of work:  Urban Water Management

Meridian Institute, Dillon, CO - $50,000       
To enable AGree to: support education and advocacy for local/regional food systems and urban agriculture programs and investments; and positively influence immigration policy for the food and agriculture sector. (1 year)
Line of work:  Regional Food Supply

New York Energy Democracy Alliance, Brooklyn, NY - $75,000           
To support the New York Energy Democracy Alliance’s CoShare working group.  CoShare working group members will raise funding to build community owned or controlled solar projects that are accessible to low-income communities and communities of color. (1 year)      
Line of work:  Just Energy: Shifting Power to People

One America, Seattle, WA - $50,000             
To build, in partnership with a core set of cross-sector allies, a long-term power-building strategy in Washington State grounded in a commitment to long-term organizing. (1 year)
Line of work:  Integrated Infrastructure

People's Action Institute, Chicago, IL - $300,000      
To support People’s Action Institute’s Climate Justice program; deepening organizing activities and running climate justice campaigns that center around the interest of working class people and communities of color. (3 years)
Line of work:  Just Energy: Shifting Power to People

THE POINT Community Development Corporation, Bronx, NY - $300,000        
To support The POINT’s continued implementation of the South Bronx Community Resiliency Agenda (SBCRA). The SBCRA seeks to build power among residents, stakeholders, business owners and decision-makers while advancing a comprehensive community-led environmental and social resiliency plan. (3 years)
Line of work:  Just Energy: Shifting Power to People

Rockefeller Family Fund, New York, NY - $75,000   
To support the Just Transition Fund (JTF), a philanthropic pooled fund initiative housed at the Rockefeller Family Fund. The JTF supports frontline coalfield and power plant communities as they make a just transition away from coal. (1 year)           
Line of work:  Just Energy: Shifting Power to People

RSF Social Finance, San Francisco, CA - $100,000  
General operating support to strengthen RSF’s Food System Transformation Fund, which is dedicated to financing the development of regional food systems. (2 years)  
Line of work:  Regional Food Supply

The Solutions Project, Oakland, CA - $450,000         
To support the Solutions Project’s continued efforts to strengthen the ecosystem of clean energy advocates and to provide direct, rapid response grants to frontline leaders in key movement moments through the Fighter Fund. (3 years) 
Line of work:  Just Energy: Shifting Power to People

Southeast African American Farmers' Organic Network, Sonoma, CA - $125,000         
To support the general capacity building and organizational infrastructure necessary to grow the production capacity of the Southeast African American Farmers' Organic Network and to provide training that enhances the knowledge of individual members. (2 years)                               
Line of work:  Regional Food Supply

Southwest Georgia Project for Community Education, Inc., Albany, GA - $225,000      
To improve the capacity of under-served farmers to strengthen value chain linkages by providing training, education and increasing opportunities. (3 years)      
Line of work:  Regional Food Supply

STAR Communities, Portland, OR - $75,000              
To support the STAR Communities' national sustainability rating system that improves sustainability conditions in U.S. cities and counties. (1 year) 
Line of work:  Integrated Infrastructure

Sustainable Jersey A NJ Nonprofit Corporation, Lawrenceville, NJ - $280,000               
To support Sustainable Jersey (SJ) to build sustainable and equitable communities by deploying data tracking systems that measure impacts to guide the development of emergent best practices. (2 years)
Line of work:  Integrated Infrastructure

Transportation for America, Washington, DC - $250,000        
To enhance Transportation for America’s efforts to build capacity at the local level to advance more sustainable and equitable transportation policies and to drive policy change at the local, state, and federal levels. (1 year)
Line of work:  Transportation Networks and Equitable Development Patterns

Winrock International, Little Rock, AR - $150,000     
To support the Wallace Center's creation of equitable, economically viable community-based food systems through a Community of Practice in concert with USDA’s Food LINC Initiative, and to raise awareness of this work among stakeholders. (1 year)             
Line of work:  Regional Food Supply

Thriving Cultures

Alliance for California Traditional Arts, Fresno, CA - $200,000            
To support Alliance for California Traditional Arts’ Living Cultures Grants Program, which provides grants to small and mid-sized organizations to sustain communities that foster traditional arts transmission, engagement, and sustainability in California. (2 years)                               
Line of work:  Artists Engaging in Social Change

Alonzo King's LINES Ballet, San Francisco, CA - $75,000      
To provide scholarship assistance to low-income students of color in LINES Ballet Summer Program. (1 year)              
Line of work:  Teens' Artistic and Cultural Advancement

ArtsEmerson, Boston, MA - $50,000             
To support Community Curators, a program that engages Boston curators to envision and produce events in ArtsEmerson’s downtown spaces. (2 years)                             
Line of work:  Artists Engaging in Social Change

Asian American Writers' Workshop, New York, NY - $200,000             
To support three projects to incubate excellent artists of Asian American, immigrant, and Muslim descent and to engage communities of color with aesthetically rigorous cultural practice:  1) an online magazine, The Margins, and the Margins Fellowship; 2) an online editorial initiative, Open City, and the Open City Fellowships for immigrants and Muslim writers; and 3) a new prize in which Asian American Writers' Workshop and Simon & Schuster will publish the first novel by an Asian American writer anywhere in the U.S. (2 years)                    
Line of work:  Artists Engaging in Social Change

Association for Community Design, Norfolk, VA - $150,000  
To support the research on racial justice and social equity in community-engaged design practice, with the goal of building the capacity of design professionals to use their work to fight systemic racism and refine practices in designing for equitable outcomes in the built environment. (2 years)                        
Line of work:  Community Engaged Design

AXIS Dance Company, Oakland, CA - $150,000        
General operating support for AXIS Dance Company’s artistic, engagement, and advocacy programming that will increase visibility, inclusion, and equity for people with disabilities in dance. (2 years)                          
Line of work:  Artists Engaging in Social Change

buildingcommunityWORKSHOP, Dallas, TX - $25,000           
To support the Association for Community Design’s 40th annual conference and the affiliated Racial Justice + Design Summit. (6 months)
Line of work:  Community Engaged Design

Center for Cultural Innovation, Los Angeles, CA - $100,000  
To support the Center for Cultural Innovation as it develops strategies to advance the recommendations of its 2016 report, Creativity Connects: Trends and Conditions Affecting U.S. Artists. (1 year)              
Line of work:  Artists and Economic Development

Clinton Community Christian Corporation, Clinton, MS - $80,000       
To support programming and design processes to inform the development of the Mississippi Center for Cultural Production, a cultural center that celebrates the agricultural and cultural products of Mississippi. (1 year)              
Line of work:  Artists and Economic Development

Deep Center, Savannah, GA - $50,000         
To support Deep Center’s River Writes project within the Block by Block program to engage community, artists, and adult and youth writers in documenting, celebrating, and advocating for Savannah’s long-oppressed and rapidly disappearing Gullah-Geechee coastal communities. (1 year)
Line of work:  Community Engaged Design

Designing Justice Designing Spaces, Oakland, CA - $300,000            
To support the Concept Development Fund at Designing Justice Designing Spaces (DJDS), which will provide research and development capital to support the design of new processes, building types, tools, spaces, and financial models that are of high impact to DJDS’s restorative justice/economics partners and clients. (3 years)
Line of work:  Community Engaged Design

Enterprise Center,Philadelphia, PA - $200,000          
To support the Enterprise Center's Philly Foods Innovation Marketplace efforts to create $1M in opportunities and contracts for culinary artists and small business owners in Philadelphia's food industry. (1 year)              
Line of work:  Artists and Economic Development

Foundation for Louisiana Baton Rouge, LA - $200,000          
To support Phase I of the Claiborne Corridor Cultural Innovation District in New Orleans, a project that seeks to reclaim underutilized space for community economic development, cultural preservation, and recreation uses along a corridor that has shouldered the effects of disinvestment and inequitable development practices. (1 year)
Line of work:  Artists and Economic Development

Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy, Inc., Brooklyn, NY - $300,000               
To support the Youth Ensemble and the Rights of Passage programs for youth of African descent. (3 years) 
Line of work:  Teens' Artistic and Cultural Advancement

Junebug Productions, Inc., New Orleans, LA - $150,000        
To support Junebug Productions’ focus on:  1) producing projects/events and deepening relationships in the Treme neighborhood as Junebug Productions transitions to new space at the Bell School ArtSpace; and 2) restructuring the staffing of the organization. (2 years)    
Line of work:  Artists Engaging in Social Change

Kiva MicroFunds, San Francisco, CA - $100,000       
To continue Kiva’s work in connecting and supporting traditionally underserved small business owners in the arts and culture sector with Kiva's crowdfunded, 0%-interest capital, made available on its web-based platform, Kiva.org.  (1 year)
Line of work:  Artists and Economic Development

Kounkuey Design Initiative, Los Angeles, CA - $350,000        
General operating support.  (3 years)
Line of work:  Community Engaged Design

The Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis, MN - $75,000                
To support the Loft Literary Center's artists' programs. (2 years)                               
Line of work:  Artists Engaging in Social Change

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Community Innovators Lab, Cambridge, MA - $225,000              
To bring together the planning and design disciplines to create a suite of aesthetic tools to support community organizing and advocacy efforts around displacement and gentrification in Boston and the Bronx. (27 months) 
Line of work:  Community Engaged Design

Neighborhood Story Project, New Orleans, LA - $225,000     
To create an equitable model for the publishing of collaborative ethnographies that not only tell the stories of art, music, ritual, and activism in New Orleans, but also help reweave the fabric of communities. (3 years)           
Line of work:  Artists and Economic Development

Penumbra Theatre Company, Saint Paul, MN - $300,000       
To support the Summer Institute, Penumbra Theatre Company’s artistic and leadership training program for teens.
(3 years)
Line of work:  Teens' Artistic and Cultural Advancement

REBUILD, City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA - $450,000  
To support planning and early implementation for community engagement and capacity building efforts for Rebuilding Community Infrastructure, a $500 million program to revitalize neighborhood parks, recreation centers, and libraries in Philadelphia. (3 years)
Line of work:  Community Engaged Design

Roots of Music, Inc., New Orleans, LA - $150,000    
To provide general operating support for Roots of Music to provide free, year-round, after-school music education and mentoring to students from low-income households throughout New Orleans. (3 years)
Line of work:  Teens' Artistic and Cultural Advancement

Soulsville Foundation, Memphis, TN - $100,000       
To support the Stax Music Academy's SNAP! Afterschool Senior Academy Program, serving students ages 13-18. (2 years)
Line of work:  Teens' Artistic and Cultural Advancement

Springboard for the Arts, Saint Paul, MN - $750,000               
To develop a new set of programs and tools that increase economic opportunities for artist-run businesses. (3 years) 
Line of work:  Artists and Economic Development

University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning, Albuquerque, NM - $225,000   
General operating support for the Indigenous Design and Planning Institute. (3 years)        
Line of work:  Community Engaged Design

University of Virginia Institute for Environmental Negotiation
, Charlottesville, VA - $125,000     
To develop a social impact study template for housing (re)development that is holistic; grounded in evidence-based research; participatory and equity-focused; and actionable by a variety of key decision makers. (2 years)         
Line of work:  Community Engaged Design

Urban Word NYC, New York, NY - $225,000               
To support the National Youth Poet Laureate, the only program of its kind that celebrates the intersection of artistic achievement and social justice. Urban Word will expand the program to 50+ cities and enhance the curriculum.
(3 years)
Line of work:  Teens' Artistic and Cultural Advancement

Working Classroom, Albuquerque, NM - $100,000    
General operating support. (2 years)                               
Line of work:  Teens' Artistic and Cultural Advancement

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA - $150,000          
To support The Creative Ecosystem, a cultural incubator for community-driven and artist-led change. (2 years)            
Line of work:  Artists Engaging in Social Change

Capacity and Infrastructure

Alliance for Justice, Washington, DC - $100,000       
To support Alliance for Justice's general operations, including its Bolder Advocacy and Justice programs. (2 years)     

Council on Foundations, Arlington, VA - $10,000      
To support the Council on Foundations' Human Resources Summit: Achieving Equity in the Workplace that will take place in Minneapolis, Minnesota from August 16-17, 2017. (1 year)        

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, Washington, DC - $75,000
General operating support. (1 year) 

Flexible Grantmaking Fund

Living Cities, New York, NY - $1,500,000    
General operating support for the next round of Living Cities' work. Over the next three years, Living Cities will work with its members, partners, and sites to build an economic opportunity roadmap that city leaders can use as a blueprint for building an inclusive economy. (3 years)

Mijente
, Phoenix, AZ - $40,000       
To strengthen Mijente's base-building and technical assistance support to local partners. (1 year)

Vera Institute of Justice
, New York, NY - $105,000  
To support Vera Institute’s Immigrant Representation Network, a network of cities and groups providing legal representation for people facing detention and deportation. (1 year)

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