Strong Local Economies Grant Descriptions

Anchor Institutions Task Force

New York, NY | $75,000

To support strategic planning and growth of the Anchor Institutions Task Force.

Category: Other

Associated Black Charities

Baltimore, MD | $200,000 (2 years)

To support “More in the Middle,” a multi-stakeholder campaign to strengthen workforce development, post-secondary education, and business development strategies among African Americans in the Baltimore region.

Category: Creating Economic Opportunity

Baltimore Community Foundation

Baltimore, MD | $50,000

To support the implementation of a strategy to expand and enhance MARC train service in the Baltimore/Washington region to provide access to jobs, housing, education and services.

Category: Connecting People to Economic Opportunity

Brightline Defense Project

San Francisco, CA | $75,000

To expand Brightline’s capacity to meet the national demand for replicating San Francisco’s local hiring policy development strategy, and implementation tools.

Category: Equitable Economic Development

Business Alliance for Local Living Economies

Belllingham, WA | $200,000 (2 years)

To support the development and implementation of a monitoring and evaluation program that assesses the impact and effectiveness of “local first” campaigns and the promotion of local business networks.

Category: Creating Economic Opportunity

Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth

San Francisco, CA | $85,000

To support an innovative workforce development initiative to create quality jobs for low-income youth and adults in San Francisco.

Category: Job Quality and Career Pathways

Cumberland Region Tomorrow

Nashville, TN | $150,000 (2 years)

To support the launch of a statewide Roundtable Network comprised of five regional organizations focusing on advancing conversations to incorporate livability and equitable development principles into the regional and statewide planning processes.

Category: Connecting People to Economic Opportunity

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna’s Sustainable Environments Program.

Detroit Creative Corridor Center

Detroit, MI | $100,000 | (2 years)

To support the development and implementation of a Delivery Co-Operative for creative sector entrepreneurs; and to craft a state-wide advocacy campaign to increase support to Michigan’s creative economy initiatives.

Category: JCreating Economic Opportunity

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna’s Thriving Cultures Program.

East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy

Oakland, CA | $200,000 (2 years)

To support EBASE’s efforts to secure community benefits agreements that create access to economic opportunity for low income workers and communities of color as a result of the Oakland Army Base redevelopment project and expansion of the Port of Oakland.

Category: Connecting People to Economic Opportunity

Emerald Cities Collaborative

Washington, DC | $200,000

General operating support to advance comprehensive assistance to cities in developing and scaling energy and other greening solutions in ways that create sustainable, high wage, inclusive jobs and civic engagement pathways.

Category: Creating Economic Opportunity

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna’s Sustainable Environments Program.

Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE)

Brooklyn, NY | $75,000

To ensure economic opportunities for low income families through organizing campaigns for accountable development and quality job creation.

Category: Equitable Economic Development

Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities

Coral Gables, FL | $50,000

To support TFN’s Smaller Places Sustainability Summit, an intensive learning exchange for small cities designed to advance regional planning practice and policy integrating affordable housing, accessible transportation, sustainable infrastructure, and land use strategies that leverage new investment from the federal interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities.

Category: Connecting People to Economic Opportunity

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna’s Sustainable Environments Program.

German Marshall Fund of the United States

Washington, DC | $200,000 (2 years)

To build capacity in economically distressed cities by providing mid-career leaders with the tools, knowledge, and networks to craft long-term solutions to their cities’ economic development challenges, in conjunction with the Strong Cities, Strong Communities program.

Category: Other

Good Jobs First

Washington, DC | $300,000 (2 years)

To provide research and technical assistance to constituency-based groups and public officials in making economic development greener, more accountable and equitable.

Category: Equitable Economic Development

Good Work Network

New Orleans, LA | $85,000

To launch the Business Bridges program aimed at connecting small minority-owned business to contracting opportunities with larger firms.

Category: Business Development and Acceleration

Greater Ohio Policy Center

Columbus, OH | $150,000 (2 years)

To develop a statewide campaign to reform Ohio’s governance structures and build Ohio’s regional economies.

Category: Creating Economic Opportunity

Greenlining Institute

Berkeley, CA | $250,000 (2 years)

To support programs offered through the Leadership Academy to prepare young leaders of color to participate in policy and advocacy career tracks.

Category: Other

Juma Ventures

San Francisco, CA | $340,000 (2 years)

To support the development and implementation of a national Corporate Social Responsibility platform aimed at creating jobs and educational opportunities for thousands of low-income young adults across the country.

Category: Creating Economic Opportunity

JumpStart

Cleveland, OH | $250,000

To enable JumpStart to continue to expand its regional economic planning, business support and acceleration services to a national audience.

Category: Business Development and Acceleration

Juxtaposition Arts

Minneapolis, MN | $50,000 (2 years)

To support the expansion of a comprehensive visual art education and jobs program for urban teens, and to further develop business planning expertise to expand the teen-led visual art and design social enterprise, “JuxtaLab.”

Category: Creating Economic Opportunity

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna’s Thriving Cultures Program.

Latino Leadership Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School

Cambridge, MA | $50,000

To support the Latino Leadership Initiative at Harvard University, which seeks to enhance the leadership capacity of a cadre of Latino students committed to the common good.

Category: Connecting People to Economic Opportunity

Make the Road New York

Brooklyn, NY | $200,000 (2 years)

To support the Good Jobs Program, which aims to: win and sustain critical policy victories for low-wage workers; organize small business to adopt good jobs policies and provide good jobs for their employees; and launch a worker cooperatives initiative.

Category: Business Development and Acceleration

Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City

New York, NY | $200,000 (3 years)

To support the evaluation of WorkAdvance, a promising sector-based workforce program being replicated at five sites through the Social Innovation Fund.

Category: Creating Economic Opportunity

National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders

San Antonio, TX | $100,000

To strengthen the capacity of nonprofits that pursue economic development and asset-building strategies in emerging Latino communities in the South, Midwest and Northwestern United States.

Category: Creating Economic Opportunity

National Domestic Workers Alliance

New York, NY | $400,000 (2 years)

To support research, communications and strategic campaigns that strengthen local and regional economies by creating jobs, workforce training and improved working conditions in the domestic work and home care industries.

Category: Creating Economic Opportunity

Opportunity Agenda

New York, NY | $25,000

To support for the Creative Change retreat in 2012 and 2013; expansion of and deeper engagement with CC alumni network; and strengthen OA’s capacity to support artists’ projects seeded at retreat.

Category: Other

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna’s Sustainable Thriving Cultures Program.

Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute

Bronx, NY | $300,000 (2 years)

To support program and policy initiatives that improve the job quality of, and opportunities for career advancement in the direct-care jobs industry.

Category: Job Quality and Career Pathways

People Organized to Win Employment Rights

San Francisco, CA | $75000

To engage low-income residents of color in efforts to influence transportation planning, enabling greater connectivity in the Bay Area, and to ensure the effective implementation of San Francisco’s local hire policy in low income neighborhoods.

Category: Connecting People to Economic Opportunity

PolicyLink

Oakland, CA | $300,000 (2 years)

To support the development of a set of tools and accompanying training series on the equitable implementation of the federal Sustainable Communities Initiative.

Category: Creating Economic Opportunity

Pratt Institute

Brooklyn, NY | $230,000 (2 years)

To support the launch of the national Urban Manufacturing Alliance and expand Pratt’s work on local procurement policy.

Category: Business Development and Acceleration

Rebuild Foundation

Chicago, IL | $100,000 (2 years)

To support the inaugural cultural programming, operations and strategic business plan development of Black Cinema House.

Category: Creating Economic Opportunity

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna’s Thriving Cultures Program.

Reconnecting America

Washington, DC | $425,000 (2 years)

For general support to strengthen transit-oriented development implementation, federal policy development and communications.

Category: Connecting People to Economic Opportunity

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna’s Sustainable Enviornments Program.

Restaurant Opportunities Centers United

New York, NY | $200,000 (2 years)

To support national research and federal policy work on the tipped minimum wage and paid sick days and to support a nationally-coordinated workplace justice campaign.

Category: Job Quality and Career Pathways

Roberts Enterprise Development Fund

San Francisco, CA | $400,000 (3 years)

To support the expansion of a successful social enterprise development model throughout California, while making the case for the model’s national replication.

Category: Creating Economic Opportunity

Saint Paul Foundation

Saint Paul, MN | $200,000 (2 years)

To support a funders collaborative promoting equitable development and fostering economic opportunity along the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit Line linking Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

Category: Connecting People to Economic Opportunity

San Francisco Foundation

San Francisco, CA | $300,000 (2 years)

Continued support for the Great Communities Collaborative to catalyze equitable, sustainable transit oriented development (TOD) in the Bay Area, and to advocate for supportive transportation and land use policies to enhance climate change policy.

Category: Connecting People to Economic Opportunity

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna’s Sustainable Enviornments Program.

Solar Richmond

Richmond, CA | $85,000

To support Solar Richmond’s Cooperative Solar & Energy Efficiency business launch.

Category: Creating Economic Opportunity

Sweet Home New Orleans

New Orleans, LA | $20,000

Continued support to strengthen local musicians’ and cultural tradition bearers’ capacity to achieve financially sustainable livelihoods through economic empowerment seminars, expanded legal services, and community organizing around local policy issues.

Category: Business Development and Acceleration

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna’s Thriving Cultures Program.

The Democracy Collaborative

Takoma Park, MD | $300,000 (2 years)

To enable The Democracy Collaborative to support at least six cities in exploring, designing, and implementing locally appropriate community wealth building strategies based on the Evergreen Cooperative model.

Category: Business Development and Acceleration

Transnational Institute for Grassroots Research and Action (TIGRA)

Oakland, CA | $150,000 (2 years)

To support the replication and expansion of the Remit4Change program, which utilizes the Transnational Reinvestment Systems to track and communicate reinvestment commitments of socially-responsible remittance companies, to five key cities in the U.S.

Category: Creating Economic Opportunity

Unity

New York, NY | $200,000 (2 years)

To support the Excluded Workers Congress, which develops policies and practices that improve access to training and career building opportunities in the initial rungs of the career ladder.

Category: Job Quality and Career Pathways

University System of Maryland Foundation

Adelphi, MD | $200,000 (2 years)

To support the launch of a Sustainable and Equitable Economic Development (SEED) initiative that involves an information-based, multi-institutional, and transformative approach to economic development in a larger sustainable growth agenda.

Category: Connecting People to Economic Opportunity

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna’s Sustainable Enviornments Program.

Urban Habitat

Oakland, CA | $150,000

To support and expand Urban Habitat’s Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute, which recruits, trains, and places leaders from low-income communities and communities of color on priority boards and commissions.

Category: Connecting People to Economic Opportunity

Urban Innovation21

Pittsburgh, PA | $100,000

To connect the underserved neighborhoods of Pittsburgh to the region’s successful innovation economy clusters.

Category: Business Development and Acceleration

Verde

Portland, OR | $75,000

To support the Cully Eco-District as a scalable and replicable model of neighborhood sustainability innovation as well as community and individual wealth creation

Category: Business Development and Acceleration

Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna’s Sustainable Enviornments and Thriving Cultures Program.

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