The Kendeda Fund Awards Emerald Cities $1.2 Million Grant


The Kendeda Fund, an Atlanta-based grantmaking foundation that invests in transformative leaders and ideas, has awarded ECC a two-year, $1.2 million grant that will support ECC’s local coalitions and enhance and scale two of our successful 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, Wash., 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 (Ohio), 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.”


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