Oak Foundation: Grants for Climate Change and Energy

OVERVIEW: The Oak Foundation supports organizations working in an array of fields related to climate change, such as clean energy, pollution reduction, energy poverty, carbon reduction, and emissions reduction.

IP TAKE: Oak does not award grants for less than $25,000 except under special circumstances or for organizations located in Zimbabwe.

PROFILE: Duty Free billionaire Alan Parker established the Oak Foundation in 1983 “to address issues of global, social, and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged.” Oak currently operates 10 grantmaking programs, which include child abuse, environment, housing and homelessness, international human rights, issues affecting women, learning differences, special interest, and the joint India, Denmark, and Zimbabwe programs.

The foundation’s climate change strategy is part of Oak’s larger environment program. Oak’s climate change grantmaking is “committed to making a low carbon future possible.” This area of the foundation’s grantmaking funds organizations in Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, India, Southeast Asia and the United States. The program prioritizes implementing clean and efficient energy systems; building sustainable cities; overcoming obstacles to the widespread use of electric vehicles; and empowering the shifting of “key paradigms” surrounding energy use and pollution reduction.

Oak Foundation grants range from $50,000 to $6.5 million. However, most grants range from $50,000 to $650,000. To get a broader sense of the types of organizations this funder supports, explore its excellent grant database.

The foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry throughout the year. Those organizations in which Oak is interested in funding will receive an invitation to submit a “concept note” to the foundation.


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