chapter-42009 Approved Grants: Community Revitalization

Abyssinian Development Corporation

New York, NY | $100,000

For support around ADC's two strategic priorities: Displacement Prevention, and the Abyssinian Neighborhood Project: a comprehensive and equitable community development model.

Applied Research Center

New York, NY | $50,000

To produce and disseminate a toolkit on Equity and the Green Economy, including Case Studies, a Model Policy Bank, and an Equity Measures Template, that can be used to advocate for equitable green economy policies.

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Environment Program

Association For Neighborhood & Housing Development

New York, NY | $75,000

To support a comprehensive advocacy strategy to preserve New York City's affordable rental housing for the long term.

Baltimore Community Foundation

Baltimore, MD | $60,000

To launch a pilot Baltimore Neighborhood Energy Challenge designed to reduce residential energy use and provide lessons on how to motivate behavior change related to energy use.

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Environment Program

Brookings Institution

Washington, DC | $250,000

To support the research and outreach activities of the Blueprint for American Prosperity initiative, a multi-year effort to promote an economic agenda for the nation that builds on the assets its metropolitan areas.

Citizens Planning and Housing Association

Baltimore, MD | $75,000

To enable CPHA to assist Baltimore-area communities to shape a successful new Red Line transit line that benefits current residents, and to design successful transit-centered community development in promising locations.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Cleveland, OH | $50,000

To assist the City of Cleveland in engaging in a strategic planning process to help mold our economic engine to create a sustainable community.

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Environment Program

Community Labor United

Boston, MA | $50,000

To support CLU and ACE's statewide Green Justice Campaign, designed to ensure that working class communities take full advantage of and benefit from the emerging green economy, specifically around energy efficiency work.

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Community Revitalization Program

Corporation for Enterprise Development

Washington, DC | $100,000

To support an applied research project designed to identify, document and assess the full range of municipal-level program, service and policy innovations underway in key cities to help residents build and protect assets and strengthen financial security.

Enterprise Community Partners

Columbia, MD | $200,000

To pilot a comprehensive Green Communities Retrofit initiative to test and prove out innovative, replicable approaches to green retrofits of existing affordable housing for low-income people.

Front Range Economic Strategy Center

Denver, CO | 2 years $150,000

To increase FRESC's effectiveness on winning affordable housing, good-paying jobs, and environmental sustainability within key transit-oriented development site-based and policy campaigns as it broadens its power and capacity to a regional level.

Garrison Institute

Garrison, NY | $25,000

To support Garrison Institute's Climate Change Leadership Program and to expand the Institute's capacity to serve the field.

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Environment Program

Greater New Orleans Foundation

New Orleans, LA | 4 years $1,000,000

For GNOF to operate a $25 million fund for affordable housing and community revitalization activities in New Orleans in partnership with a group of local and national foundations.

Green Building Alliance

Pittsburgh, PA | $75,000

To reduce the City of Pittsburgh's greenhouse gas emissions through implementation, updates, and monitoring of the City's Climate Action Plan.

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Environment Program

Housing Preservation Project

St. Paul, MN | $120,000

To support organizing and advocacy efforts that will result in the widespread adoption of effective inclusionary housing policies in the greater Twin Cities metropolitan area.

Just Cause Oakland

Oakland, CA | $75,000

To support a campaign and advocacy work to prevent displacement among low-income communities of color.

Mary Queen of Vietnam CDC

New Orleans, LA | $50,000

To support our efforts to assist the residents in New Orleans East in rebuilding their families and community.

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Environment Program

Metropolitan Planning Council

Chicago, IL | $100,000

To utilize Employer-Assisted Housing as a tool to engage employers in policy advocacy on workforce housing, community development, and infrastructure investment, in targeted initiatives throughout the nation, and in metropolitan Chicago.

National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations

Washington, DC | $75,000

To develop and pilot a technical assistance program to community development practitioners to analyze local market/neighborhood conditions and apply effective strategies in order to achieve strategic, sustainable, and equitable neighborhood change.

National Housing Trust

Washington, DC | $75,000

To increase the share of public resources for location efficient affordable rental housing. This project will bring smart growth, transit and affordable housing advocates together around a common vision and strategy.

NCB Capital Impact

Arlington, VA | $100,000

To create three pilot programs to demonstrate shared equity strategies in addressing affordable housing challenges, including the foreclosure crisis and support a new national shared equity working group.

Neighborhood Progress

Cleveland, OH | $200,000

To support the on-going development of Cleveland's Resilient Green Neighborhoods Initiative, including education, pilot projects, and increased capacity building.

Next American City

Philadelphia, PA | $75,000

To fund three programs: coverage of the financial crisis, its effect on cities, and new federal urban policy; Next American Vanguard, a group of young urban leaders from around the country; and continued organizational capacity building.

Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group

Pittsburgh, PA | $100,000

To organize groups interested in transit and transit-oriented development, particularly voices from lower-income and minority communities, to work with Reconnecting America to develop a strategic transit plan for the Pittsburgh region.


Oakland, CA | $100,000

For planning to grow the EquityNow initiative and apply its advocacy capacity to an array of policy opportunities, especially in the transportation and green jobs arenas.

Pratt Institute

Brooklyn, NY | $100,000

To help community-based groups create a more just, equitable and sustainable New York City by providing technical, community planning and policy assistance.

Reconnecting America

Oakland, CA | $125,000

To support the implementation of a strategic set of activities that will define RA's work in the coming years and serve to amplify our efforts to foster equitable and sustainable transit-oriented development across the country.

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Environment Program

Right to the City Alliance

Brooklyn, NY

To conduct national planning, capacity building, organizing, and youth engagement activities that promote regional and national solutions to the crisis of housing and gentrification in major metropolitan areas.

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Effective Citizenry Program

Smart Growth America

Washington, DC | $100,000

To support Smart Growth America and advocacy groups in key states in an initiative to track and analyze stimulus-funded state transportation programs related to a clean, green transportation infrastructure that serves communities and the people who live in them.

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Environment Program

Southern Bronx River Watershed Alliance

Bronx, NY | $150,000

To improve local knowledge about prospects for the future of the Sheridan's Expressway through outreach to community institutions and residents; building city-wide support for the Sherridan Campaign with agency and elected officials; and ongoing engagement with the New York State Department of Transportation's Environmental Impact Study process.

The Reinvestment Fund

Philadelphia, PA | $80,000

To provide the Department of Housing and Urban Development with the necessary analytics and GIS mapping capacity that will enable them to strategically target areas across the country for a new 'Choice Neighborhoods' program.

Transportation for America

Oakland, CA | 2 years $200,000

Continued support for a major campaign, "T4America", to build a national movement in support of reform of U.S. federal transportation policy to meet national priorities, including climate change, the economy, and the revitalization of communities.

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Environment Program

Urban Strategies Council

Oakland, CA | $75,000

To organize, train, and assist Bayview/Hunters Point residents to lead the implementation of a Core Community Benefits and advocate for further benefits.

Aeon Homes for Generations

Minneapolis, MN | $50,000

To identify and address key policy and regulatory changes to Minnesota's affordable housing preservation system.

Aspen Institute

Washington, DC | $100,000

To support the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program's continuing development of the Aspen Scale Institute and its efforts to build a market for scale.

Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers/Baltimore Neighborhood Collaborative

Baltimore, MD | $200,000

To support the Baltimore Neighborhood Collaborative's Transit-Centered Community Development Initiative focused on ensuring equitable development at targeted sites along Baltimore's existing and planned transit corridors.

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation

Brooklyn, NY | $75,000

To fuel Restoration's efforts to increase affordable housing options, creating a mixed income community accessible to a broad range of household incomes while catalyzing asset creation for low income residents.

Campaign For New York's Future

New York, NY | $75,000

To support the activities of the Campaign for NY's Future - a broad civic coalition that will advance the goals and strategic direction of PlaNYC beyond the current Administration's term and advance a broader vision of sustainability for New York City.

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Environment Program

Cleveland Housing Network

Cleveland, OH | $100,000

To counter the effects of foreclosure in six Cleveland neighborhoods. These neighborhoods have the potential to become the new Cleveland as the city continues to shrink in size.

Community Design Center of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA | $75,000

To build Community Design Center of Pittsburgh's capacity to work with the City of Pittsburgh to implement the Market Value Analysis and provide planning and design support to neighborhoods.

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Atlanta

Atlanta, GA | $100,000

To expand the number of housing counselors on staff; test and implement an innovative new software platform for serving borrowers in distress; and assist other counseling agencies in using the software.

Energy Programs Consortium

Washington, DC | $70,000

To implement state-and local-based energy efficiency finance programs integrating energy affordability, housing finance and asset building with climate change concerns.

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Environment Program

Fairmount/Indigo Line CDC Collaborative

Dorchester, MA | $150,000

To sustain and strengthen the campaign for transit equity and transit-oriented development along the Fairmount commuter rail corridor in the face of new challenges and opportunities in the current real estate market.

Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities

Coral Gables, FL | $100,000

To support the Network to engage in and complete an evaluation and strategic planning process to transition to a new business model to facilitate more funder leadership and action to create more sustainable communities and to continue core programming focused on older industrial cities and transportation and climate change.

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Environment Program

Global Green USA

Santa Monica, CA | $100,000

For the "Build it Back Green" Initiative which will provide New Orleans homeowners with the necessary information, technical assistance and incentives to rebuild their homes and properties in an affordable and sustainable manner.

Greater Ohio Policy Center

Columbus, OH | 2 years $200,000

To provide operational support for Years II and III of the Restoring Prosperity to Ohio Initiative.

HOPE Community

Minneapolis, MN | $75,000

To continue a major project that is changing the face of an urban core neighborhood, develop a cutting-edge evaluation system, and stabilize older rental units.

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

Boston, MA | $100,000

To advance climate protection and sustainability in cities across the country, including support for the development of a more robust suite of networking services to sustainability directors, an Ambassador program to increase mentorship activities between leadership and emerging cities, and implementation assistance through its Regional Capacity Centers to strong and weak market cities.

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Environment Program

Living Cities

New York, NY | 18 months $550,000

To support Living Cities' efforts to advance a substantive, integrative agenda to improve quality of life and quality of place for low-income communities and provide a new vision for cities in the twenty first century.

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Environment Program

Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations

Boston, MA | $50,000

Support for Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporation's advocacy efforts related to affordable housing including foreclosures, expansion of housing development resources and neighborhood stabilization.

Midtown Greenway Coalition

Minneapolis, MN | $50,000

Support for efforts to engage a diverse community in guiding the form and character of the Midtown Greenway trail and adjacent new public open spaces and developments so that the city and its inhabitants better integrate with this ribbon of greenspace.

National Housing & Community Development Law Project

Oakland, CA | $75,000

To provide legal and technical assistance, education, training, and policy advocacy to advance the preservation of affordable urban rental housing and to further a policy framework that supports preserving and expanding that housing inventory.

Natural Resources Defense Council

New York, NY | $25,000

To support the development of an implementation plan for meeting New York City's Energy Efficiency and Related Carbon Reduction Goals for the Building Sector that NRDC intends to provide for the Mayor's office.

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Environment Program

Neighborhood Partnership Network

New Orleans, LA | $100,000

To connect New Orleans neighborhoods to the development of the City's Master Plan and Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance.

New Partners for Community Revitalization

New York, NY | $100,000

To advance community revitalization goals through brownfields cleanup and re-use while taking steps to ensure the institutionalization and sustainability of NPCR as an organization.

Nonprofit Housing Association of Northern California

San Francisco, CA | $50,000

Support for Zone for Homes, a project incorporating research, education, and advocacy to increase the supply of land zoned for affordable housing, which will result in an increase of opportunities for developing affordable homes.

Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development

Pittsburgh, PA | $150,000

To lead the collaborative work of the Pittsburgh Community Development Collaborative (PCDC) to jump-start projects of the PCDC aimed to transform markets in four targeted areas of the city.

Pontchartrain Park Community Development Corporation

New Orleans, LA | $50,000

General operating support for the CDC's activities which will support revitalization of a historic, middle class Black neighborhood based on market/asset analysis in a community where the rate of return is less than thirty percent of its pre-Katrina population.

Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans

New Orleans, LA | $50,000

To deliver building craft skills needed to regenerate and rebuild New Orleans; preserving the architecture and helping low income populations in the Lower Ninth Ward. Traditional skills will be linked to disaster relief and community revitalization.

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Arts Program

Reconnecting America

Oakland, CA | $100,000

To support Reconnecting America's efforts to facilitate the launching of a new federal partnership between the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and the US Department of Transportation.

Smart Growth America

Washington, DC | $100,000

For the development of a campaign infrastructure with which SGA and its partners can win state campaigns for smart growth policies. Funding is to help set up the policy infrastructure.

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Environment Program

Somerville Community Corporation

Somerville, MA | $100,000

To further position SCC as the only organization equipped to promote and help bring about equitable development and fight displacement of low and moderate income people from Somerville, especially along the path of projected new transit

Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future

Washington, DC | $100,000

To assist some of the nation's largest non-profit owners of affordable housing evaluate, finance and implement energy efficiency improvements in their housing stock.

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Environment Program

Thirteen/WNET New York

New York, NY | $50,000

To support Blueprint America, a multi-platform collaborative public media initiative on our nation's infrastructure, including its impact on sustainability, economic opportunity, population growth, and energy independence.

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Environment Program

Urban Agenda

New York, NY | $40,000

To convene the NYC Apollo Alliance, advocate for PlaNYC 2030, and facilitate a multi-stakeholder Green Collar Jobs Roundtable to develop a citywide workforce development Roadmap.

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Environment Program