The New York City-based Surdna Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $4.2 million to organizations working to foster just and sustainable communities in the United States.
The foundation awarded four grants through its Strong Local Economies focus area, including $675,000 over three years to the Center for Popular Democracy in support of the organization's national network of progressive elected local officials, and $150,000 to the Opportunity Finance Network in support of an organizational transformation planning process, partnerships with community development financial institutions (CDFIs) committed to supporting African-American and Latino-owned businesses and communities, and the organization's annual conference.
In the area of Sustainable Environments, the foundation awarded grants to twenty nonprofits, including Justice Funders, which will receive $600,000 over three years to scale its model nationally; Project South, which was awarded a grant of $525,000 for its efforts to build civic infrastructure and support networks at the intersection of social, economic, and environmental issues in the Southeast; and Pittsburgh United, which will receive $250,000 over two years in support of it green infrastructure education, advocacy, and engagement efforts.
In addition, the foundation awarded six grants through its Thriving Cultures focus area, including $150,000 to Theater Offensive in support of True Colors: OUT Youth Theater, which trains at-risk LGBTQ and allied youth to become leaders and agents of social change in their communities, and $75,000 to Allied Media Projects in support of its 2018 conference and People in Education program.
(Photo credit: Project South)