Frankel Family Foundation: Grants for Climate Change

OVERVIEW: The Frankel Family Foundation supports both grassroots and large national and international environmental organizations.

IP TAKE: This funder does not award a larger number of grants each year. Applicants should expect a good deal of competition from other grantseekers when applying for funding with Frankel.

PROFILE: Inspired by Bud Frankel, the Frankel Family Foundation was established in 2002 to support environmental organizations; however, the foundation does not exclusively focus on the environment as main grantmaking programs include the Environment, Israel and Anti-Semitism and Refugees and Displaced Persons.

Frankel’s Environment program addresses the “[c]hanging climate conditions on our planet and the developed world’s dependence on fossil fuel as an energy source.” The foundation supports advocacy organizations aimed at changing “[g]overnment funding and policy in favor of sustainable energy and decreasing carbon emissions on a large scale.”

Grant amounts typically range from $15,000 to $100,000. Grantees include Stand.earth, which received funding for its campaigns fighting the expansion of fossil fuel development. Another grantee includes the Union of Concerned Scientists, which received a grant for its work advocating for the decarbonization of the U.S. economy and expanding clean energy efforts. To learn more about the types of organizations Frankel supports and at what level, download its current grants list.

The Frankel Foundation does not accept unsolicited letters of inquiry or requests for funding; however, it encourages grantseekers to contact staff if they believe their work aligns with the foundation’s interests.

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