Artists and culture bearers give voice to cultural identity and are often powerful catalysts for social change. They not only carry forth cultural traditions but also create new traditions rooted in their community and identity. By contributing to the cultural richness of their communities, they strengthen and embolden them.
Thriving Cultures values artists and culture bearers who nurture, sustain, and grow our communities’ cultural traditions, which reflect the identities and beliefs of its people. Furthermore, we understand that artists can help foster discourse and influence a community’s social change goals.
The Thriving Cultures Program therefore supports programs that help artists and culture bearers deepen our cultural understanding or help communities achieve social change.
We seek funding opportunities that:
If you are interested in applying for a Surdna Foundation grant, please submit a letter of inquiry . Please note: We can only support organizations that meet our guidelines listed under "What We Fund."
Fostering sustainable communities in the United States — communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures.