Surdna Foundation Awards $9.7 Million in Grants

The New York City-based has announced grants totaling $9.7 million to fifty-six nonprofit organizations across the country.

Awarded across the foundation's three program areas, the grants represent the third cycle of quarterly grants since the foundation introduced changes to each of its program strategies late last year. Grants awarded through the foundation's Strong Local Economies program include $300,000 to the in Bellingham, Washington, to expand a fellowship program designed to cultivate a national shift toward inclusive, strong local economies; $400,000 to in Memphis to adapt state and city economic development policy incentives in a way that supports the acceleration and relocation of businesses to depressed neighborhoods and boosts job creation; and $400,000 to the in New York City to help improve job quality in the domestic work and care industries through civic engagement and education, policy solutions, and social innovations.

Grants awarded through the Sustainable Environments program include $200,000 over two years to in Nashville in support of a long-term organizational development strategy; $250,000 over two years to the in Washington, D.C., to develop and disseminate financial models that leverage state-directed public utility benefit funds to improve energy efficiency in low-income communities; and $200,000 to in Philadelphia to publish an online story bank about next-generation infrastructure initiatives in the United States.

Grants awarded through the Thriving Cultures program include awards of 350,000 to the in New York City in support of the organization's community-driven visioning process for the development of the East River Waterfront; $115,000 to for a visual arts program that offers teens high-quality arts education programs paired with the resources they need to pursue their educational and professional goals; and $600,000 to the in Rapid City, South Dakota, in support of its efforts to support the entrepreneurial development of Native artists, build the capacity of organizations that serve them, and galvanize support for art as an economic engine.

"Late last year we announced important refinements to our program guidelines and the way we make connections across our work, both internally and out in the world," said Surdna Foundation president Phillip Henderson. "We're now beginning to see the strategies really take shape with our learning and momentum building through each successive cycle of grants."

For a complete list of awarded by the foundation in this funding cycle, visit the Surdna Foundation Web site.

"." Surdna Foundation Press Release 09/23/2013.