Mertz Gilmore Foundation: Grants for Climate Change

OVERVIEW: The Mertz Gilmore Foundation's Climate Change Solutions program funds individuals and groups who promote greater use of clean energy, develop renewable sources of energy, and those who are engaged in research and education on climate change. 

IP TAKE: They don't have the deepest pockets, but they want to be a major player on climate change.

PROFILE: Established in 1959, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation is a family foundation committed to improving the quality of life in foundation home New York City. Previously known as the Mertz Foundation, Robert Gilmore changed the foundation's name to the Joyce Mertz-Gilmore Foundation in honor her memory. The foundation invests in Climate Change SolutionsDemocratic ValuesNYC Communities, and NYC Dance

The Mertz Gilmore Foundation conducts grantmaking for climate change issues through its Climate Change Solutions program, launched in 2007. Since 1984, the foundation has funded climate change issues and remained an active member of the U.S. Climate and Energy Funders Group. The Climate Change Solutions program is designed to provide investments in sustainable policies and practices in order to trigger significant reductions in global warming pollution. It invests in studying climate change, promoting climate-friendly energy usage, and developing renewable energy sources in the U.S. Though the program prioritizes grantmaking in New York, it funds organizations across the United States at all levels. 

Climate change grants range from $25,000 to $50,000; however, it occasionally makes grants of $150,000 or more. Past grantees include the Southern Environmental Law Center and the Alliance for a Greater New York among many others. It funds both small and large organizations at various levels.

To apply, send a letter of inquiry of fewer than three pages via email. Mertz Gilmore has multiple deadline submissions annually, so grantseekers need to keep a close watch on the Foundation's website for those deadline announcements.

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