Paul G. Allen Family Foundation: Grants for Climate Change

OVERVIEW: The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation supports a wide range of projects and programs related to climate change.

IP TAKE: This funder awards project-specific grants and does not award grants to support general operating costs. The foundation does not impose geographic restrictions on its climate change grantmaking.

PROFILE: Established by Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation is dedicated to “changing the trajectory of people’s lives and strengthen communities through catalytic philanthropy that helps meet or energy needs and address the threat to climate change, promote biodiversity on land and in the seas, give young people access to immersive experiences in art and strengthen education, address the needs of vulnerable populations, and advance scientific and technological breakthroughs around the world. Grantmaking programs include Climate and Energy, Biodiversity, Science and Health and Communities.

Allen’s Climate and Energy program supports “[i]nnovative approaches to filling key data gaps, leveraging advanced technology to lower climate pollution and data-driven initiatives for policy reform.” The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is a past climate change grantee. The organization received a grant for the development of a long-path laser-based methane center for Arctic measurements.

Though it is not unusual for the foundation to award multiple multi-million grants, most awards typically fall in the $50,000 to $500,000 range. Although the foundation does not have a grants database, grantseekers can explore the types of climate change of projects this funder supports by examining some of the projects and programs in its portfolio.

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals.


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