Children’s Investment Fund Foundation: Grants for Climate Change

OVERVIEW: The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation supports activities such as phasing out coal usage, increasing renewables, scaling decarbonization strategies in higher energy use industries, and supporting large-scale land restoration activities.

IP TAKE: This funder seeks organizations working to keep global warming below 1.5C.

PROFILE: Christopher Hohn and Jamie Cooper established the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) in 2002. From the outset, the co-founders focused funding on improving the lives of poor children who live in developing countries. Early programmatic interests included increasing pediatric AIDS care and treatment in developing countries. The foundation—which has grown to be one of the largest in the United Kingdon—has since expanded its grantmaking priorities to include maternal and child healthadolescent sexual healthnutritioneducation, dewormingchild slavery and exploitation, and climate change.

CIFF refers to climate change as the “single biggest threat” to children today. To address that threat, the foundation seeks organizations supporting the “global transition to a zero-carbon society underpinned by a bio-material-based sustainable economy.” 'CIFF’s climate change grantmaking strategies focus on taking “carbon out of the power sector by phasing out coal and increasing the uptake of renewables worldwide” while also seeking to increase “decarbonisation strategies in energy-intensive industries and support large-scale land restoration efforts. We work at city, sub-national, national and global levels to achieve these goals.” CIFF’s strategy, therefore, rests on work centered on reducing carbon emissions from the planet’s air.

Given international scope of it’s work, CIFF’s c limate change grants are often substantial, and can range anywhere from $3 million to $30 million. Past CIFF grantees include the European Climate Foundation, which works to secure Europe as a leader in global carbon emissions reduction. Another past grantee is the organization More Transparent Climate Action, which received a grant for tis work building transparency in national and international climate policies. To learn more about CIFF grantees and to obtain a broader sense of the type of work this funder supports, explore its current grant portfolio.

CIFF does not generally accept unsolicited requests for funding.