Energy Foundation: Grants for Climate Change

OVERVIEW: The Energy Foundation supports organizations that promote clean energy, energy efficiency, and carbon emissions reduction.

IP TAKE: This funder often gives multi-year support for its grantees.

PROFILE: In 1991, the Rockefeller Foundation, John D. MacArthur Foundation, and the Pew Charitable Trusts joined to form the Energy Foundation. Since then, the Joyce Mertz-Gilmore, McKnight, and David and Lucile Packard foundations have joined in order to “promote the transition to a sustainable energy future by advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy.” The foundation invests in buildings, climate, power, public engagement, transportation and energy in China.

While the foundation dedicates a specific program to climate change, it awards climate change grants through multiple programs, which include:

The Buildings program supports organizations that back policies to increase energy efficiency in the U.S. and reduce carbon emissions. Past grantees include the Sierra Club Foundation and the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, Inc..

The Climate program seeks organizations that build effective carbon pricing programs to reduce energy-related carbon emissions. Past grantees include Center for Climate Change Communication and Environmental Advocates of New York, Inc.

Energy’s Power program seeks organizations building markets for clean and renewable sources of energy. Past grantees include Western Resource Advocates and Climate Action reserves.

The Public Engagement program supports organizations building climate and clean energy policies on state and national levels. Clean Air Council and Advance Energy Economy Institute are past grantees.

The Transportation program supports organizations reducing energy use and carbon pollution through improving vehicle efficiency and the use of clean fuels. The BlueGreen Alliance Foundation and the Ceres, Inc. are past grantees.

Grant amounts can range from $50,000 to $3 million. Most grants, however, typically fall in the $50,000 to $300,000 range. To learn more about all of the Energy Foundation’s grantees, explore its searchable grants database. The Energy Foundation does not accept unsolicited requests for funding or letters of inquiry.


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