The New York City-based Surdna Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $3 million in support of 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 a grant of $650,000 over three years to the Economic Policy Institute to activate the Economic Analysis and Research Network in the South initiative, a collaboration between EARN groups in the region and statewide organizing and advocacy groups working to improve economic conditions for working families; and a grant of $750,000 over three years to PolicyLink for the development and implementation of the Equity Officer Policy Network, which will work to strengthen the capacity of municipal leaders to advance equitable development, build inclusive economies, and advance equity-related policy reforms.
In the area of Sustainable Environments, the foundation awarded grants to six nonprofits, including a grant of $300,000 over three years to the ALIGN: Alliance for a Greater New York in support of its efforts to organize labor around climate and economic justice issues in low-wealth communities and communities of color; a general support grant of $150,000 over two years to Good Old Lower East Side, which works to develop and execute strategies that promote community-led planning that leads to more environmentally sound and equitable land use investments in New York City; and a grant of $50,000 to Atlanta-based Project South in support of a collaboration of social justice organizations working to launch a series of three-day events focused on environmental and climate justice issues in the South.
In addition, the foundation awarded five grants through its Thriving Cultures focus area, including a grant of $50,000 to the Anchorage Museum in support of its Solutions for Energy and Equity through Design (SEED) Lab, an innovation space that brings together artists, designers, engineers, and community members to generate public-private solutions to economic and environmental challenges facing northern communities, and another of $50,000 to the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation, which works to support of writers of color by creating a platform for community engagement and focused workshops and mentorships to expand writing opportunities.
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