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The Kendeda Fund Awards Emerald Cities $1.2 Million Grant


September 6, 2016, Washington, D.C. – The Kendeda Fund, an Atlanta-based grantmaking foundation that invests in transformative leaders and ideas, has awarded Emerald Cities Collaborative (ECC) a two-year, $1.2 million grant. ECC is dedicated to building sustainable, just and inclusive local economies in the United States.

ECC develops energy, green infrastructure and other sustainable development projects that not only contribute to the resilience of our metropolitan regions, but also ensure an equity stake for low-income communities of color in the green economy. This includes developing the economic infrastructure for family-supporting wages and career paths for residents of such communities, as well as contracting opportunities for women, minority and other disadvantaged businesses.

The grant will be used to support ECC’s local coalitions and to enhance and scale two successful ECC programs: RENEW Multi-family and Economic Inclusion. 

RENEW Multi-family, a turn-key affordable housing energy and water retrofit program, reduces pollution, utility expenses and toxic household environments while increasing local jobs through a streamlined, accessible financing and development program. Launched in Seattle, Washington, in 2015, the program is currently being expanded to other metropolitan regions.  

ECC’s Economic Inclusion Program provides public and private agencies with the tools to connect disadvantaged workers and contractors to jobs and business opportunities in clean energy and resilient infrastructure projects. The Kendeda grant allows ECC to expand to other markets the successful programs developed for the Office of Sustainability in Los Angeles County, Cuyahoga County, Seattle and Portland, as well as for the New Orleans Office of Economic Development.

“We are grateful to The Kendeda Fund for its continuing support of ECC’s important core mission to create high-road economies,” said ECC President and CEO Denise Fairchild. “This generous two-year grant will enable us to build on the achievements of our first six years while transitioning to self-sufficiency for our local offices.”


Emerald Cities Collaborative ( is a national nonprofit network of organizations working together to advance a sustainable environment while creating economic opportunities for all. ECC is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and works in “Emerald Cities” nationwide with local and national partners that bring resources and expertise from the community, labor, business and government sectors. 

Based in Atlanta, GA, The Kendeda Fund is a private grantmaking foundation that invests in transformative leaders and ideas, empowering communities across the U.S. and around the globe to enhance equity, vibrancy, resourcefulness, and resilience. The Kendeda Fund helps underrepresented but trusted voices build social and community capital by supporting experienced, and emerging, leaders who have the vision to see problems differently and the courage to challenge conventional thinking. Learn more at




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