Frequently, cities and developers fail to engage the community in design efforts that integrate local priorities, values and concerns. That’s why Surdna supports the field of “community engaged design”—where community members contribute to decisions, policies and projects that impact their lives We believe that artists, architects, and designers can play an important role in translating community values into design solutions that will benefit the communities where they live and work.
Thriving Cultures seeks to share and replicate the best practices of community engaged design. We seek efforts where artists, designers and architects engage community members in decisions that will result in community benefit and social impact. We acknowledge that design and development is not neutral and that collaborative community design involves innovative partnerships that provide under represented communities with the design assistance they need to maximize their own benefit from development dollars being spent in their communities.
The Thriving Cultures Program supports ways to share and replicate the best practices of community engaged design. We support efforts where artists, designers and architects engage community members in decisions relating to product design, land use, public space, civic infrastructure, and urban planning.
We seek funding opportunities that:
If you are interested in applying for a Surdna Foundation grant, please submit a letter of inquiry by clicking here. 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.