Surdna Foundation 2014 Annual Report
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Strong Local Economies

Strong Local Economies Grants Descriptions

Inner City Advisors

Oakland, CA | $10,000

To support the development of a comprehensive business plan to help scale and grow the Inner City Advisors (ICA) model and positions it as a thought-leader in the economic and workforce sector nationally.

Category: Business Development & Acceleration

Inner City Advisors

Oakland, CA | $300,000 (24 months)

To increase Inner City Advisors’ capacity to scale its operations and expand its mission of supporting and investing in high-impact, socially-responsible entrepreneurs that create inner city jobs.

Category: Business Development & Acceleration

Insight Center for Community Economic Development

Oakland, CA | $45,000

To support a planning grant for a possible longer term regional initiative intended to improve local economic vitality and benefit sharing in Northern California's East Bay Region, focusing specifically on Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

Category: Equitable Economic Development


Boston, MA | $375,000 (36 months)

To increase job creation and small business growth by expanding networks, developing anchor procurement strategies, and researching small business challenges.

Category: Business Development & Acceleration

Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Newark, NJ | $50,000

To support the launch of a Minority Business Accelerator program aimed at accelerating business development and growth through procurement and networks.

Category: Business Development & Acceleration

Juma Ventures

San Francisco, CA | $340,000 (24 months)

To support the national expansion of Juma's social enterprise model in New Orleans, Seattle and Santa Clara.

Category: Business Development & Acceleration

Juma Ventures

San Francisco, CA | $15,000

To support the piloting of YouthMade Oakland, which will connect low-income students to paid internships with local manufacturing companies.

Category: Job Quality & Career Pathways

Juxtaposition Arts

Minneapolis, MN | $275,000 (36 months)

To build organizational capacity in support of entrepreneurship and creative skills training for low income youth in North Minneapolis. Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Thriving Cultures Program.

Category: Business Development & Acceleration

Latino Economic Development Center

Minneapolis, MN | $100,000

To enhance business acceleration strategies to accelerate Latino manufacturing business and conduct a feasibility study of the creation of a worker-owned cooperative.

Category: Business Development & Acceleration

Liquid Studios

New Orleans, LA | $50,000

To create a roadmap for increasing minority business participation in growth industries supporting the New Orleans economy, including creative industries and green water infrastructure. Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Sustainable Environments and Thriving Cultures Programs.

Category: Business Development & Acceleration