Flora Family Foundation: Grants for Climate Change

OVERVIEW: The Flora Family Foundation focuses its climate change grantmaking on slowing greenhouse gas emissions and reducing short-lived climate pollutants.

IP TAKE: This foundation does not impose geographic or subject matter constraints in its grantmaking. Though it has a a website, Flora lacks transparency about its grantmaking strategies preferring to fund more broadly. This opens opportunities for a wider range of climate change work.

PROFILE: William Hewlett, cofounder of Hewlett Packard, and his late wife, Flora Lamson Hewlett established the Flora Family Foundation (FFF) in 1998. The foundation is “predicated on the belief that each individual has an obligation to go beyond the narrow confines of his or her personal interests and be mindful of the broader concerns of humanity.” Grantmaking interests reflect those of the members of the foundation’s Family Council, which includes education, arts and culture, international development, women’s advancement, health, the environment, human services, economic development, humanitarian assistance, cultural preservation, and international security.

FFFs Climate Protection program supports organizations that focus “primarily on ways to slow emissions of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere.  The program is chiefly concerned with coal combustion and the reduction of short-lived climate pollutants such as methane and black carbon.”

Climate Protection grants typically range from $50,000 to $125,000. Past grantees include the Climate and Health Research Network in support of its methane abatement work in the Caspian Sea region. In addition, Columbia University’s Earth Institute received support for its Climate, Science, Awareness and Solutions program. To get a broader sense of the types of organizations FFF supports, explore its current grantees page.

The Flora Family Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.