Laird Norton Family Foundation: Grants for Climate Change

OVERVIEW: The Laird Norton Foundation’s climate change grantmaking focuses on regenerative biological systems, reducing fossil fuel dependency, and promoting renewable energy.

IP TAKE: Laird Norton may consider providing both program and operating support, which is attractive for grassroots organizations. However, Norton grants are predominately limited to Washington and Oregon.

PROFILE:  Since 1940, the Laird Norton Family Foundation has worked to honor and reflect the values of the Laird Norton family through philanthropic giving. It is governed by more than 60 family members whose giving prioritizes arts education, climate change, global development, the Sapling Fund, and watershed conservation

Laird Norton's climate change grantmaking invests in "regenerative biological systems that influence the carbon cycle (“biocarbon”), reducing dependency on fossil fuels, and promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency.” The foundation also seeks to end the use of coal while increasing the ability of land and water to sequester carbon. 

Laird Norton prioritizes organizations based in Washington and Oregon. Although it considers organizations beyond those states, it is rare.  Grants typically range from $20,000 to $50,000, and grant periods typically last one year; however, the foundation occasionally entertains multi-year awards. To learn more about Laird Norton’s climate change related giving, explore it's grants listing.

The foundation does not accept unsolicited applications. However, accepts “brief inquiries” from groups whose work supports the foundation’s climate change priorities.