Surdna Foundation Awards Nearly $13.35 Million in Grants

The New York City-based Surdna Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $13.35 million in support of strong local communities, sustainable environments, and thriving cultures.

Recipients of the foundation's community development and environmental grants include the Alliance for a Just Society in Seattle, which was awarded $325,000 over three years to engage small business owners in conversations about equitable local economic development policies; Neighborhoods Organizing for Change in Minneapolis, which will receive $450,000 over three years to advance a workers' rights agenda in the state; the Greater New Orleans Foundation, which was awarded $275,000 over two years to strengthen the green infrastructure solutions movement in the Crescent City; and Smart Growth America in Washington, D.C., which will receive $550,000 over two years in support of its efforts to promote the transition to next-generation infrastructure.

In the area of arts and culture, recipients include the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, which was awarded $600,000 over three years for the launch of a ten-year initiative aimed at jumpstarting an equitable creative economy and build the city's capacity to support creatives across racial, gender, generational, and disciplinary boundaries; and the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio in Biloxi, Mississippi, which will receive $150,000 over two years to boost the region's resilience and equity in the areas of land use, infrastructure, and ecology.

The foundation also awarded $50,000 over two years to D.C.-based BoardSource for general operating support; $60,000 through its Flexible Grantmaking Fund to Project& in Chicago for Working in America, a national multimedia initiative; and $140,000 through its New Orleans Fund to the Power Coalition in support of its efforts to build a statewide people's agenda focused on social and economic justice issues affecting people of color and low-income families.

"Surdna Foundation Announces $13.35 Million in Grants." Surdna Foundation Press Release 08/24/2016.