The Garfield Foundation’s Community Revitalization grants support innovative strategies that promote economic prosperity in distressed urban communities with the following focus:
- Physical Development: Projects that promote the development and expansion of commercial spaces (including mixed-use residential) and/or have the potential to invigorate local economies and create jobs, income and wealth for local residents. Grants support: project visioning, planning and development; actionable research; policy advocacy; and, stakeholder engagement.
- Business and Economic Development: Projects that attract, develop and strengthen neighborhood commercial sectors and foster vibrant local market economies. Grants support: business recruitment; technical support to existing businesses; and, expansion of business/industry clusters.
- Human Capital Development: Projects that support the expansion and development of recruitment, training retention and (skills, career and wage) advancement strategies that connect under-served groups to employment opportunities. Preference is given to opportunities in the emerging “clean economy.” Grants support: local labor market research; workforce strategy development; policy advocacy; and, employer engagement.
“Demand driven” simply means that there will be a “customer” for the end “product” of a project. For example, a demand-driven physical development project would have an anchor tenant lined up prior to execution, and a demand-driven jobs program would have employers ready to provide jobs to individuals who complete the training program.
Preference is given to projects that are demand-driven and integrate environmental sustainability. Geographically, the Foundation prioritizes older industrial cities and the urban areas of New Jersey and Massachusetts.