Ford Foundation: Grants for Climate Change

OVERVIEW:  The main focus of Ford’s climate change related grants are awarded out of its Natural Resources and Climate Change focus area. The foundation’s main focus of support centers on ensuring that vulnerable rural communities have access and control over the local natural resources they depend upon for their livelihoods.

IP TAKE: Ford is a prolific grantmaker, but competition for grant money has always been tough with very few unsolicited proposals receiving funding. Ford’s restructuring also lead to the decision to slash its grantmaking by 20 percent, making the funding field that much more competitive.

PROFILE: Since its restructuring, the Ford Foundation has been tackling rising inequality in all of its forms head on and it approaches its climate change grantmaking from this same inequality angle.

Ford does not have a general climate change grantmaking program. Related grants are awarded out of its Natural Resources and Climate Change focus area, which is a part of its larger Equitable Development program.

The main focus of Ford’s climate change related grantmaking is ensuring that vulnerable rural communities have access and control over the local natural resources they depend upon for their livelihoods. While on the surface this may not seem as though it has much to do with climate change. However, Ford is addressing salient issues that contribute to climate change such as deforestation and the overexploitation of natural resources. Additionally, the Ford Foundation supports efforts in climate change policymaking that benefits vulnerable rural populations.

Ford accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry via its Idea Submission page on its website. Again the foundation emphasizes that “less than one percent of unsolicited grant ideas result in funding.” Also, the Ford requests that grantseekers refrain from contacting program officers and staff directly.

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