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

Strong Local Economies Grants Descriptions

Manufacturing Renaissance

Chicago, IL | $250,000 (24 months)

To expand the national network of Manufacturing Renaissance Councils, and to advance development of the Austin Manufacturing Innovation Park.

Category: Equitable Economic Development

Metropolitan Economic Development Association

Minneapolis, MN | $250,000 (24 months)

To support business development services aimed at assisting minority-owned businesses achieve scale through financing, procurement opportunities, and acquisitions assistance.

Category: Business Development & Acceleration

Minnesota Neighborhoods Organizing for Change

Minneapolis, MN | $250,000 (24 months)

To support a coalition of community groups to improve the quality of jobs in low-wage sectors through policy advocacy, public education, community organizing and worker organizing.

Category: Job Quality & Career Pathways

National Community Reinvestment Coalition

Washington, DC | $80,000

To support a federal policy development education and policy advocacy campaign that will result in improvements to small business loan data, assisting access to credit for traditionally underserved small businesses.

Category: Business Development & Acceleration

National Domestic Workers Alliance

New York, NY | $400,000 (24 months)

To improve job quality in the domestic work and care industries through civic engagement and education, policy solutions, social innovation and other strategies.

Category: Job Quality & Career Pathways

National People's Action

Chicago, IL | $125,000

To improve job quality through advocating for policies such as raising the minimum wage at the federal and state levels.

Category: Job Quality & Career Pathways

Neighborhood Funders Group

Oakland, CA | $12,500

To support key programmatic components the organization’s 2013 National Convening in Jackson, MS, including general support for the convening.

Category: Job Quality & Career Pathways

Neighborhood Story Project

New Orleans, LA | $120,000 (36 months)

To support the creation of an equitable economic model for the publishing of ethnographic stories of art, music, ritual, and activism in New Orleans. Additional funding for this grant comes from Surdna's Thriving Cultures Program.

Category: Others

NewCorp, Inc.

New Orleans, LA | $175,000 (24 months)

Supports technical and financial assistance efforts for small and minority businesses in the New Orleans region.

Category: Business Development & Acceleration

Next City

Philadelphia, PA | $300,000 (36 months)

To support a sustained dialogue about equitable economic development strategies through a daily online column, a fellowship for writers of color, and added editorial capacity.

Category: Equitable Economic Development