Surdna Foundation Awards Q3 Grants Totaling $5.5 Million

Surdna Foundation Awards Q3 Grants Totaling $5.5 Million

The Surdna Foundation has announced grants totaling $5.5 million to organizations working to foster just and sustainable communities in the United States.

Third-quarter grants were awarded in the foundation's focus areas of strong local economies, sustainable environments, and thriving cultures. Recipients include the National Employment Law Project in New York City, which was awarded a general support grant of $750,000 over three years; Community Labor United in Boston, which will receive a one-year grant of $50,000 to organize labor, community, and grassroots groups and advance policies that promote clean energy infrastructure, quality job creation, and movement building; and the Sustainable Business Education Initiative in Philadelphia, which was awarded $200,000 over two years for its ongoing work to grow the local green storm water infrastructure industry through its GSI Partners Initiative.

Other awards include a $1.5 million grant over three years to Brooklyn-based ArtPlace America, a collaborative project involving sixteen foundations, eight federal agencies, and six financial institutions dedicated to positioning art and culture as a core component of comprehensive community planning and development; $75,000 to AS220 in Providence, Rhode Island, in support of its AS220 Youth program, which provides opportunities for young people to develop creative-entrepreneurship, leadership, and life skills; $100,000 over two years to the Groundswell Community Mural Project in Brooklyn in support of its capstone Portfolio Development artmaking program for teens between the ages of 15 and19; and a three-year, $1 million grant to Race Forward in New York City in support of the strategic capacity-building work of its Center for Social Inclusion, which works with low-income communities of color, local government, and other institutions to achieve structural racial equity across the United States.

"Surdna Foundation Announces $5.5 Million in Grants." Surdna Foundation Press Release 10/11/2017.