Equitable Economic Development

The Outcomes We Seek

  • A More Inclusive Economic Development Practice

    We seek to shift economic development practices to be more inclusive of people of color and produce better outcomes for our priority communities.

  • Increased Advocacy for Equitable Development

    We seek to improve labor standards by increasing community voice in policy processes and by creating greater public and private sector accountability.

We support a cultural shift in economic development efforts through training programs, industry networks and technical assistance that equip government agencies with the necessary tools to embed accountability and equity into their economic development work. We believe that increasing the representation of diverse and progressive constituents in economic development decision making will lead to new policies and practices that produce better outcomes for people of color and low-wealth communities.

We believe that advocacy and organizing efforts have shifted public policy and private sector practices in relation to labor laws that benefit our priority communities. We support efforts to develop new progressive policies, protect existing progressive policies, and abolish regressive policies that harm people of color and low-wealth communities. We also plan to use this intervention for targeted support of cities or regions for longer-term place-based investments.

Selection Criteria

Promote Diverse Perspectives

We will support projects that foster a more diverse and inclusive public sector and prioritize the perspectives and innovations developed by its most marginalized citizens – leading to new systems of accountability and economic growth that is truly felt by all.

Reforms to Procurement and Labor Standards

We will support organizations that provide field infrastructure, research, and initiatives that improve labor standards and procurement policies.

Equitable Economic Development

You can see recent Equitable Economic Development grants below.
And explore other Inclusive Economies grants in our database.

Year Approved
Organization
Status
Amount
Duration
2024 Local Progress Policy Institute Path Created with Sketch.

The purpose of this grant is to provide general operating support. 

Active $675,000 36 months
2024 The New York Women's Foundation Path Created with Sketch.

The purpose of this grant is to support the Bronx Economic Justice Project, a cohort of grassroots organizations developing collaborative economic models built on solidarity, mutual aid, and cooperation in under-resourced communities in the Bronx.

Active $150,000 18 months
2024 TREND Community Development Corporation

The purpose of this grant is general operating support.

Active $304,400 12 months
2024 Coworker.org Path Created with Sketch.

The purpose of this grant is general program support to Coworker.org.

Active $300,000 24 months
2023 Center for Innovation in Worker Organization Path Created with Sketch.

The purpose of this grant is general program support to the Center for Innovation in Worker Organization.

Active $400,000 24 months
2023 New Growth Innovation Network Path Created with Sketch.

The purpose of this grant is general operating support.

Active $280,000 24 months
2023 National Employment Law Project Path Created with Sketch.

The purpose of this grant is for general operating support. 

Active $750,000 36 months
2023 Just Capital Foundation Path Created with Sketch.

The purpose of this grant is general operating support.

Active $450,000 24 months
2023 One Fair Wage, Inc. Path Created with Sketch.

The purpose of this grant is general operating support.

Active $450,000 24 months
2023 Local Solutions Support Center Path Created with Sketch.

The purpose of this grant is to support the Local Solutions Support Center in coordinating and creating efforts to counter the abuse of preemption and strengthen local democracy by raising awareness of state preemption and its consequences, reducing the use of this threat to local autonomy, and strengthening the power of local governments to advance policies that promote equity, inclusion, public health, and civic participation.

Active $600,000 36 months
2023 Good Jobs First Path Created with Sketch.

The purpose of the grant is for general operating support for research, training, technical assistance, and publishing to promote greater accountability and equity in economic development.

Active $600,000 36 months
2023 Panorama Global Path Created with Sketch.

The purpose of this grant is to support the Ascend Fund—a philanthropic collaborative dedicated to accelerating the pace of change toward gender parity in U.S. politics by investing capital in nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations that break down barriers preventing women from running for office and winning.

Active $200,000 12 months
2023 Black Worker Initiative Path Created with Sketch.

To develop a new, cutting-edge regional economic development approach for Greater Birmingham, with strong input from diverse local partners and national experts.

Active $150,000 24 months
2022 Transform Finance, Inc. Path Created with Sketch.

The purpose of this grant is general operating support for Transform Finance which seeks to build wealth and power for communities by challenging legacy investment approaches, seeding transformative investment models, and centering non-investor voices.

Active $570,000 36 months
2022 Common Future Path Created with Sketch.

The purpose of this grant is general operating support.

Active $850,000 36 months
2022 Financial Services Stakeholder Project NFP Path Created with Sketch.

The purpose of this grant is general operating support.

Active $250,000 24 months
2022 Next River Institute Path Created with Sketch.

The purpose of this grant is to support Next River’s work to move conversation, culture, and resources to nourish the people and communities whose ways of being, doing, and relating point us toward the audacious change this moment demands.

Active $75,000 12 months
2022 TREND Community Development Corporation

The purpose of this general operating support grant is to strengthen communities and foster wealth creation for BIPOC residents, entrepreneurs, and other stakeholders through inclusive ownership of commercial real estate projects.

Active $150,000 12 months
2022 Center for Cultural Innovation Path Created with Sketch.

This general operating grant supports strengthening elements of the nascent alternative economic ecosystem in order to address a gap in critical infrastructure needed to enact an economic system that shifts capital and ownership to those who have been historically excluded.

Active $50,000 12 months
2022 Texas Organizing Project Education Fund Path Created with Sketch.

The purpose of this grant is to support the furthering of TOPEF’s Board and Commission Leadership Institute (BCLI) and to expand training opportunities more broadly across progressive partners and TOPEF grassroots community leaders.

Active $400,000 24 months
2022 Family Values at Work: A Multi-State Consortium Path Created with Sketch.

The purpose of this grant is general operating support.

Active $1,200,000 72 months
2022 Coworker.org Path Created with Sketch.

The purpose of this grant is to support Coworker.org to build systems that workers can use to develop leadership, new forms of collective power, and productive engagement with employers.

Active $300,000 24 months
2022 Jobs to Move America Path Created with Sketch.

General operating support grant to empower communities to leverage their tax dollars to generate good, equitable jobs, career pipelines, sustainability, and more government accountability.  

Active $750,000 36 months
2022 International Economic Development Council Path Created with Sketch.

The purpose of this grant is for partial funding of IEDC’s Equitable Economic Development Playbook initiative, a hybrid research and technical assistance project to identify and implement equitable economic development practices across the U.S.

Active $75,000 36 months
2021 MLK50: Justice Through Journalism Path Created with Sketch.

The purpose of this grant is general program support to MLK50.

Active $350,000 24 months

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You can see recent Equitable Economic Development grants below.
And explore other Inclusive Economies grants in our database.

Year Approved
Organization
Status
Amount
Duration
2024 Local Progress Policy Institute Path Created with Sketch.

The purpose of this grant is to provide general operating support. 

Active $675,000 36 months
2024 The New York Women's Foundation Path Created with Sketch.

The purpose of this grant is to support the Bronx Economic Justice Project, a cohort of grassroots organizations developing collaborative economic models built on solidarity, mutual aid, and cooperation in under-resourced communities in the Bronx.

Active $150,000 18 months
2024 TREND Community Development Corporation

The purpose of this grant is general operating support.

Active $304,400 12 months
2024 Coworker.org Path Created with Sketch.

The purpose of this grant is general program support to Coworker.org.

Active $300,000 24 months
2023 Center for Innovation in Worker Organization Path Created with Sketch.

The purpose of this grant is general program support to the Center for Innovation in Worker Organization.

Active $400,000 24 months
2023 New Growth Innovation Network Path Created with Sketch.

The purpose of this grant is general operating support.

Active $280,000 24 months
2023 National Employment Law Project Path Created with Sketch.

The purpose of this grant is for general operating support. 

Active $750,000 36 months
2023 Just Capital Foundation Path Created with Sketch.

The purpose of this grant is general operating support.

Active $450,000 24 months
2023 One Fair Wage, Inc. Path Created with Sketch.

The purpose of this grant is general operating support.

Active $450,000 24 months
2023 Local Solutions Support Center Path Created with Sketch.

The purpose of this grant is to support the Local Solutions Support Center in coordinating and creating efforts to counter the abuse of preemption and strengthen local democracy by raising awareness of state preemption and its consequences, reducing the use of this threat to local autonomy, and strengthening the power of local governments to advance policies that promote equity, inclusion, public health, and civic participation.

Active $600,000 36 months
2023 Good Jobs First Path Created with Sketch.

The purpose of the grant is for general operating support for research, training, technical assistance, and publishing to promote greater accountability and equity in economic development.

Active $600,000 36 months
2023 Panorama Global Path Created with Sketch.

The purpose of this grant is to support the Ascend Fund—a philanthropic collaborative dedicated to accelerating the pace of change toward gender parity in U.S. politics by investing capital in nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations that break down barriers preventing women from running for office and winning.

Active $200,000 12 months
2023 Black Worker Initiative Path Created with Sketch.

To develop a new, cutting-edge regional economic development approach for Greater Birmingham, with strong input from diverse local partners and national experts.

Active $150,000 24 months
2022 Transform Finance, Inc. Path Created with Sketch.

The purpose of this grant is general operating support for Transform Finance which seeks to build wealth and power for communities by challenging legacy investment approaches, seeding transformative investment models, and centering non-investor voices.

Active $570,000 36 months
2022 Common Future Path Created with Sketch.

The purpose of this grant is general operating support.

Active $850,000 36 months
2022 Financial Services Stakeholder Project NFP Path Created with Sketch.

The purpose of this grant is general operating support.

Active $250,000 24 months
2022 Next River Institute Path Created with Sketch.

The purpose of this grant is to support Next River’s work to move conversation, culture, and resources to nourish the people and communities whose ways of being, doing, and relating point us toward the audacious change this moment demands.

Active $75,000 12 months
2022 TREND Community Development Corporation

The purpose of this general operating support grant is to strengthen communities and foster wealth creation for BIPOC residents, entrepreneurs, and other stakeholders through inclusive ownership of commercial real estate projects.

Active $150,000 12 months
2022 Center for Cultural Innovation Path Created with Sketch.

This general operating grant supports strengthening elements of the nascent alternative economic ecosystem in order to address a gap in critical infrastructure needed to enact an economic system that shifts capital and ownership to those who have been historically excluded.

Active $50,000 12 months
2022 Texas Organizing Project Education Fund Path Created with Sketch.

The purpose of this grant is to support the furthering of TOPEF’s Board and Commission Leadership Institute (BCLI) and to expand training opportunities more broadly across progressive partners and TOPEF grassroots community leaders.

Active $400,000 24 months
2022 Family Values at Work: A Multi-State Consortium Path Created with Sketch.

The purpose of this grant is general operating support.

Active $1,200,000 72 months
2022 Coworker.org Path Created with Sketch.

The purpose of this grant is to support Coworker.org to build systems that workers can use to develop leadership, new forms of collective power, and productive engagement with employers.

Active $300,000 24 months
2022 Jobs to Move America Path Created with Sketch.

General operating support grant to empower communities to leverage their tax dollars to generate good, equitable jobs, career pipelines, sustainability, and more government accountability.  

Active $750,000 36 months
2022 International Economic Development Council Path Created with Sketch.

The purpose of this grant is for partial funding of IEDC’s Equitable Economic Development Playbook initiative, a hybrid research and technical assistance project to identify and implement equitable economic development practices across the U.S.

Active $75,000 36 months
2021 MLK50: Justice Through Journalism Path Created with Sketch.

The purpose of this grant is general program support to MLK50.

Active $350,000 24 months