OVERVIEW: The KR Foundation supports organizations addressing the root causes of climate change.
IP TAKE: This funder awards grants to risky projects that have the potential for transformative and systemic change.
PROFILE: Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, the KR Foundation was established in 2014 by the Villum Foundation and the family of civil engineer Villum Kann Rasmussen. KR aims to address and take action upon the “long-term challenges faced by current and future generations living on a planet with finite resources, fragile ecosystems, and climate change.” The foundation currently runs two grantmaking programs: Sustainable Behavior and Sustainable Finance. While it does not have a program dedicated to climate change, both programs directly support climate change efforts.
The Sustainable Behavior program supports organizations addressing the root causes of climate change. KR seeks organizations reducing consumption impacts, and focusing on behavior changes, active citizenship, and interventions. Areas of specific funding interest for the foundation include initiating and improving climate change communications among all key actors, promoting transformational policymaking, and developing social norms of sustainable behavior.
The foundation’s Sustainable Finance program supports organizations fighting to keep fossil fuels in the ground and interventions meant to “shift financial incentives away from fossil fuel production and consumption.”
Grants range from DKK 2 million to DKK 5 million or between $320,000 and $800,000. Past grantees include the New Venture Fund and 350.org. To learn more about KR Foundation grantees, explore its funding history list.
The foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry. Submissions are typically due twice a year toward the end of January and the end of August.
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