Joyce Foundation: Grants for Climate Change

OVERVIEW: The Joyce Foundation supports climate change organizations that address energy efficiency measures in the Great Lakes region of the United States.

IP TAKE: This funder’s climate change largely centers on clean energy, energy efficiency, and reducing carbon emissions.

PROFILE: Beatrice Joyce Kean founded the Joyce Foundation in 1948. When she passed in 1972, she left nearly $100 million of her estate to the foundation and by 1976, its grantmaking had increased from under $100,000 to $10 million. Today, the foundation operates eight grant programs: culture, democracy, employment, education, gun violence prevention, a joint fund for education and employment, and a special opportunities program.

Joyce’s environment program broadly supports “work to improve the health and resilience of the Great Lakes and expand investment in energy efficiency measures.” According to the foundation, while a good portion of the Midwestern region of the United States’ energy comes from clean or low-carbon sources, “much of the region’s energy use causes global warming and pollution.”

Climate change grants typically range from $100,000 to $500,000. Joyce awards climate change grants to organizations located in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. An example of a past Joyce Foundation grantee is the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance in support of its campaign to promote energy efficiency in the region. To get a broader sense of the types of early childhood education organizations Joyce supports, explore its grants database.

The Joyce Foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry (LOI) throughout the year and recommends that applicants submit LOIs at least six to eight weeks before proposal deadlines.


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