Roy A. Hunt Foundation: Grants for Climate Change

OVERVIEW: The Roy A. Hunt Foundation focuses its climate change grants on affordable and renewable energy sources and reducing demand for carbon intensive good and services.

IP TAKE: This funder typically awards grants for specific projects rather than those for general operating support.

PROFILE: Roy A. Hunt and his wife Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt established the Hunt Foundation in 1951; however, when Mr. Hunt passed in 1966, his will created the Roy A. Hunt Foundation. In 1994, the two formerly separate entities merged into one organization, which remains committed to “support[ing] organizations that strive to improve the quality of life. The foundation’s grantmaking programs are Community Development, the Environment, and Youth Violence Prevention.

Hunt’s environment initiative seeks organizations that protect “[n]atural resources and ecosystems in the United States,” and support “[s]ustainable solutions to altering root causes of environmental damage.” The foundation’s climate change grants offer funding to organizations aiming to reduce the impact of climate change in the U.S. by increasing the use and affordability of renewable energy and reducing demand for carbon intensive sources, goods, and services.

Environment program grants typically range from $20,000 to $40,000. Past grantees include Natural Capitalism Solutions, which received funding for its Climate Action Plan Roadmap project; and Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory, which received a grant in support of its Climate Solutions project.

The Roy A. Hunt Foundation has two specific grant categories to which grantseekers may apply. To learn more about the types of organizations Hunt supports and at what level, download its grantees list. Its General Grants program are by invitation while its Initiative grants program—which cover its Community Development, Environment, and Youth Violence Prevention programs—accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry throughout the year. Staff and trustees review submissions twice per year, generally from May 15 to June 30 and again from November 1 to January 8.


  • Jenny Kelly, Executive Director

  • Gina Piccolino, Program Coordinator