JPB Foundation: Grants for Climate Change and Clean Energy

OVERVIEW: The JPB Foundation invests in climate and energy projects that benefit local communities.

IP TAKE: Initially, this funder’s grantmaking in this space may have a strong focus on low-income housing and neighborhoods.

PROFILE: Founded by Jeffry and Barbara Picower, the New York-based JPB Foundation’s overall goal is “To advance opportunity in the United States through transformational initiatives that empower those living in poverty, enrich and sustain our environment, and enable pioneering medical research.” The foundation’s grantmaking priorities include: Poverty, Medical Research, and the Environment.

Through its environmental grantmaking, the JPB Foundation aims to “[e]nable healthy and resilient communities by enriching and supporting the environment,” with the conviction that doing so “[m]easurably impacts the well-being of our human and natural systems.” The foundation launched this program by first focusing on energy systems. According to the JPBs website, environmental concerns are among its newest grantmaking interests.

JPB grant amounts vary widely. Foundation-wide, grants can range from $10,000 to $7.5 million. The majority of grants tend to fall in the $150,000 to $700,000 range. Examples of past climate and energy grants include the Bluegreen Alliance Foundation, which received funding for its work mapping and growing the supply chain for affordable housing energy efficiency; and Earth Day Network, which received a grant for its work bringing large numbers of young people and their parents to fight against climate change by making behavioral changes.

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

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