Wyncote Foundation: Grants for Climate Change

OVERVIEW: The Wyncote Foundation focuses its environment grants on conservation and land protection; however, the foundation funds work addressing climate change.

IP TAKE: Wyncote allocates approximately five percent of its funding to environmental causes. Grantseekers should expect competition when approaching this funder.

PROFILE: In 2009, John C. Haas established the Wyncote Foundation with funds from the Otto and Phoebe Haas Charitable Trusts. Based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Wyncote Foundation supports organizations that “[s]trengthen and enrich culture, community and the natural environment.” Grantmaking programs include Arts & Culture, Education, the Environment, Health and Human Services and Preservation.

While Wyncote does not have a dedicated climate change program, it does award such work through its more general Environment program. Tax filings indicate a serious interest in this funding space. Unfortunately, the foundation does not provide any grantmaking strategies for climate change work preferring to fund this area more broadly.

Wyncote grant amounts can reach upwards of $7 million, however; the majority of grants fall in the $10,000 to $150,000 range. The Wyncote Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding. Past climate change grantees include Earthjustice, which received funding for its Clean Energy program; and Earth Day Network, which was awarded a grant to support its climate justice work.To learn more about select environmental grantees, click here. To clear up any confusion for grantseekers, Wyncote’s Preservation program does not award environmental grants. Instead, it focuses on preserving historic areas and “[s]tructural elements to facilitating archival work.

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