The Surdna Foundation Announces the Availability of Funds to Support Strong Sustainable Communities.
The Surdna Foundation supports sustainable communities in the United States. The Foundation defines sustainable communities as communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures. Grants are made in the following three areas:
- 1. Sustainable Environments: The Sustainable Environments Program works to overhaul the country’s low performing infrastructure, much of it outdated and crumbling. The Foundation believes in “next-generation infrastructure” to improve transit systems, make buildings more energy-efficient, better manage water systems and rebuild regional food systems.
- 2. Strong Local Economies: The Strong Local Economies program supports the development of robust and sustainable economies that include a diversity of businesses and access to quality jobs. The Foundation works to support the growth of local businesses, encourage equitable economic development, and improve the quality and availability of jobs for low-income people, communities of color, immigrants, and women.
- 3. Thriving Cultures: The Thriving Cultures program believes that communities with robust arts and culture are more cohesive, prosperous and benefit from the rich cultural diversity of their residents. The Foundation supports efforts to encourage teens to explore the arts, involve artists in community development projects and foster the growth and success of local artists as economic engines and agents for social change.