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Surdna Foundation

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    Funder Type

    Private Foundation

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Surdna Foundation


    The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster sustainable communities in the United States -- communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures.  The Foundation makes grants in three areas: 
    • Sustainable Environments - The Sustainable Environments Program works to overhaul the country's low performing infrastructure, much of it outdated and crumbling, with a new approach that will foster healthier, sustainable, and just communities. The Foundation believes in the potential of what they call next generation infrastructure” to improve transit systems, make buildings more energy efficient, better manage water systems and rebuild regional food systems.
    • 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 spur 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.
    • 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

    History of Funding

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    Additional Information

    Grants provided by the Foundation do not generally fund individuals, capital campaigns or building construction, or projects that are internationally based or focused.


    Surdna Foundation Staff

    Surdna Foundation Staff
    330 Madison Avenue, 30th Floor
    New York, NY 10017
    (212) 557-0010

  • Eligibility Details

    501(c) (3) or 501(c)(4) nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for funding. Government agencies are not eligible for funding. Funding to support the projects of public/private partnerships must be made directly to the nonprofit organization.

    Deadline Details

    The Sustainable Environments Program is not accepting letter of inquiries (LOIs) for the remainder of the 2020 fiscal grantmaking year as they have committed all of their grantmaking resources for this period. The program will be accepting and reviewing LOIs at the start of the new fiscal year on July 1, 2020.


    At this time, the Inclusive Economies and Thriving Cultures programs are not accepting unsolicited inquiries

    Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

    Award Details

    Award amounts vary. The requested grant amount should relate directly to the size of the organization's budget and the amount needed to successfully complete the project. 

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