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
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 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 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 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
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
2021 Activest Path Created with Sketch.

The purpose of this grant is to provide general program support to Activest.

Active $330,000 24 months
2021 Aspen Institute Path Created with Sketch.

This grant supports progress toward an inclusive and equitable economy by promoting job quality including worker protections and rights and expanding access to capital and strengthening local entrepreneurial ecosystems to accelerate the recovery and growth of Latino-owned businesses.

Active $450,000 36 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
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 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 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 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
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
2021 Activest Path Created with Sketch.

The purpose of this grant is to provide general program support to Activest.

Active $330,000 24 months
2021 Aspen Institute Path Created with Sketch.

This grant supports progress toward an inclusive and equitable economy by promoting job quality including worker protections and rights and expanding access to capital and strengthening local entrepreneurial ecosystems to accelerate the recovery and growth of Latino-owned businesses.

Active $450,000 36 months