53 Grants

Empire State Future

Albany, NY | $100,000 (1 year)

To facilitate a comprehensive regional conversation about smart growth and support the implementation of the newly adopted smart growth policy in New York state.

Category: Transportation and Smart Growth

Energy Action Coalition

Washington, DC | $125,000 (1 year)

To support the Energy Action Coalition's efforts to continue to mobilize and organize young people in the interest of building a clean and just energy future.

Category: Climate Change

Foundation for National Progress/Mother Jones

San Francisco, CA | $250,000 (2 years)

To support the Climate Desk's efforts to expand a collaborative journalism project to report on how to adapt to a world reshaped by climate change and expedite the shift to a post-carbon world.

Category: Climate Change

Global Philanthropy Partnership

Chicago, IL | $600,000 (3 years)

To deepen connections and sharing among leading North American municipal sustainability directors through a professional network and build new collaborative initiatives for policy development, professional development and sustainability innovation.

Category: Climate Change

Green For All

Oakland, CA | $125,000 (1 year)

To support Green For All's efforts to build a coalition to engage communities of color and low-income communities to defend the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to regulate greenhouse gases and other air pollutants.

Category: Climate Change

Grist Magazine

Seattle, WA | $300,000 (3 years)

To support Grist's efforts to serve as a key outlet to reach and engage next-generation audiences — Millennials — around sustainability and mobilize them in the urgent effort to create a more sustainable future.

Category: Climate Change

IAF Northwest

Tukwila, WA | $250,000 (2 years)

To ensure the successful expansion of the SustainableWorks program and leverage its example into expanded capacity for communities across the country to effectively pursue similar Green and Equitable Economy Organizing initiatives.

Category: Green Economy

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

Boston, MA | $500,000 (2 years)

To advance climate protection and sustainable communities through ICLEI's regional programs and services, an expanded Washington, D.C., office, and the development of the STAR Community Index, a flagship sustainability tracking and learning resource for cities.

Category: Climate Change

Institute for Sustainable Communities

Montpelier, VT | $300,000 (2 years)

To scale up the Institute for Sustainable Communities’ Climate Leadership Academy, a peer-learning and technical assistance program that helps practitioners in metropolitan areas improve, expand and accelerate their work to reduce carbon emissions and bolster climate resilience.

Category: Climate Change


Minneapolis, MN | $150,000 (2 years)

To support a multi-stakeholder campaign to ensure inclusion and equitable access to transportation, employment and housing options for low-income communities in Minnesota.
Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna’s Strong Local Economies Program.

Category: Transportation and Smart Growth

Labor/Community Strategy Center

Los Angeles, CA | $265,000 (18 months)

To support the organizing training and leadership development work of the Labor/Community Strategy Center through the National School for Strategic Organizing, and to build a sustained National Organizers Exchange for transit equity organizers.

Category: Transportation and Smart Growth

Liberty Hill Foundation

Santa Monica, CA | $75,000 (16 months)

Support for the Wally Marks Leadership Institute for Change to provide organizational capacity-building and individual leadership development for nonprofit organizations and their leaders to advance economic, environmental and social change in Los Angeles.
Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna’s Strong Local Economies Program.

Category: Other

Livable Communities Coalition of Metro Atlanta

Atlanta, GA | $150,000 (2 years)

To inform development decisions in the Atlanta region through a multi-stakeholder organizing and advocacy campaign for policies and financing tools that prioritize transportation and smart growth.
Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna’s Strong Local Economies Program.

Category: Other