Surdna Foundation 2014 Annual Report
2014 Approved Grants > Strong Local Economies
Strong Local Economies

Strong Local Economies Grants Descriptions

Cooperation Texas

Austin, TX | $45,000

To support the report, 'Beyond Business as Usual: Cooperative Jobs, Cooperative Austin,' which will lay the foundation for expanding and strengthening a locally-anchored cooperative economy in Austin, TX.

Category: Business Development & Acceleration

Coro New York Leadership Center

New York, NY | $100,000

To support Coro's Neighborhood Leadership program, aimed at increasing the capacity of Business Improvement Districts serving low to moderate-income communities.

Category: Business Development & Acceleration

Cumberland Region Tomorrow

Nashville, TN | $75,000

To support a long-term organizational development strategy and continued build-out of the Tennessee Regions' Roundtable Network. Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Sustainable Environments Program.

Category: Equitable Economic Development

Democracy at Work Institute

Oakland, CA | $150,000 (24 months)

To support the development of worker owned cooperative businesses in low income and communities of color by sharing research, best practices and technical assistance to cooperative developers.

Category: Business Development & Acceleration

Democracy Collaborative Foundation

Takoma Park, MD | $450,000 (36 months)

To support efforts to strengthen capacity to inform, advise and continue to build the Community Wealth Building field.

Category: Equitable Economic Development

Detroit Creative Corridor Center

Detroit, MI | $225,000 (36 months)

To support Creative Ventures Business Accelerator and the launch of two new trade organizations: Artifact Makers Society and, to support graduates of the accelerator program. Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Thriving Cultures Program.

Category: Business Development & Acceleration

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA | $85,000

To support a data-based analysis to explore approaches for linking anchor procurement with supply-side outcomes in West Philadelphia.

Category: Equitable Economic Development

Duke University - Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness

Durham, NC | $50,000 (9 months)

To identify and foster economic opportunities for Minority, Women, and Disadvantaged and Small Business Enterprises in the development of green and gray stormwater infrastructure solutions. Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Sustainable Environments Program.

Category: Business Development & Acceleration

East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy

Oakland, CA | $150,000

To support 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 and expansion of the Port of Oakland.

Category: Equitable Economic Development

Equal Justice Society

Oakland, CA | $35,000

To quantify the economic impact of the anti-affirmative action Proposition 209 on businesses owned and operated by people of color and women.

Category: Business Development & Acceleration