30 Grants

Please note: Surdna is no longer making grants in this funding area. All grants listed below have a duration of one year.

Alliance for Education Justice

Oakland, CA | $125,000

To support a national alliance of youth organizing and intergenerational groups and build their capacity to engage in federal educational policy advocacy.

Asian Community Mental Health Services

Oakland, CA | $75,000

To develop the grassroots leadership and power of low-income Asian and Pacific Islander youth. Core strategies for achieving its purpose include community organizing, leadership development and movement building.

Blocks Together

Chicago, IL | $40,000

To support youth in Chicago organizing to reform discipline policies in local schools and create restorative justice programs to challenge the criminalization of youth of color.

Boston Area Youth Organizing Project

Boston, MA | $70,000

For the continued expansion of Boston Area Youth Organizing Project's youth organizing work and efforts to grow a regional New England coalition of youth-led social change organizations.

California Fund for Youth Organizing

Los Angeles, CA | $50,000

For intermediary support that empowers low-income youth and youth of color to change the politics and policies of California through organizing and other collective action.

Californians for Justice Education Fund

Oakland, CA | $100,000

To strengthen and increase participation of students and their families in regional and statewide education policy advocacy.

Center for Third World Organizing

Oakland, CA | $100,000

To build the effectiveness and longevity of young people growing into social change careers while directly building the organizing capacity of social justice organizations throughout the United States.

Chinese Progressive Association - Common Roots

San Francisco, CA | $85,000

To support Common Roots, a collaborative program that builds the leadership of immigrant Chinese and Latino youth engaging in social and environmental justice campaigns.

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA | $75,000

To support base building (organizing) and youth leadership development efforts in order to educate and empower immigrant communities in Los Angeles and across California.

Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation

Brooklyn, NY | $75,000

To support Future of Tomorrow, a youth organizing program working to improve conditions and student resources in New York City public high schools.

DARE | Direct Action for Rights and Equality

Providence, RI | $75,000

To support ongoing youth-led education reform efforts and innovative community organizing campaigns that create employment opportunities for unemployed and under-employed residents of distressed communities.


New York, NY | $100,000

To support the LGBTQ Youth Center design campaign and expand the organization's media advocacy and organizing work.

Funders' Collaborative On Youth Organizing

Brooklyn, NY | $300,000

To increase philanthropic, intellectual and social capital necessary to strengthen and grow youth organizing through grantmaking, capacity building and research.

InnerCity Struggle

Los Angeles, CA | $150,000

To organize high school and middle school students to build power for educational justice in East Los Angeles and throughout the LA Unified School District.