David Rockefeller Fund: Grants for Climate Change

OVERVIEW: The David Rockefeller Fund supports organizations developing innovative ideas for climate change policymaking.

IP TAKE: This funder is flexible and responsive to the needs of its grantees.

PROFILE: David and Peggy Rockefeller established the David Rockefeller Fund in 1989 “[t]o address the root causes of problems, working both locally and on a broader policy level.” Key funding priorities include the arts, criminal justice and the environment.

Rockefeller’s environment program supports “[n]ew ideas, initiatives, and policy breakthroughs in support of bipartisan U.S. climate leadership. Though the fund does not offer information regarding the specific types of climate change organizations it supports, it is willing to take funding risks with organizations having a difficult time obtaining funding from other, more traditional funders.

Grant amounts typically range from $25,000 to $50,000. Past climate change grantees include the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity, which received funding for its Climate & Energy Funders Group and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute. To learn more about the environmental organizations the fund supports and at what level, explore its recent grantees list.

The David Rockefeller Fund accepts 1-2 page letters of inquiry on a rolling basis throughout the year.


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