Scherman Foundation: Grants for Climate Change

OVERVIEW: The Scherman Foundation focuses its climate change grantmaking on sustainability, a green economy, and sustainable drinking water.

IP TAKE: This funder typically awards general operating support grants; however, it does consider awards to support specific projects.

PROFILE: Harry Scherman, founder of the Book-of-the-Month Club, established the Scherman Foundation in 1941. Operating on the belief that “[a]n engaged population creates multiple paths to equitable, sustainable, and structural social change,” Scherman supports nonprofits working in the artsenvironmentgovernmental transparency and accountabilityhuman rights and libertiesreproductive rights and justice, and strengthening New York communities.

The foundation’s environment program commits its grantmaking to organizations that “present holistic, integrated solutions and address multiple problems” related to urban sustainability, building a green economy, and sustainable drinking water. Over the past 15 years, the Scherman foundation has increased its grantmaking to address issues related to climate change, which includes reducing greenhouse gas emissions, decreasing fossil fuel usage, and encouraging renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency. However, the program funds an array of climate change solutions.

Environment grants awarded through the foundation’s Rosin Fund range between $100,000 and $250,000 per year over the course of one to three years. Grants awarded through its Core Fund average $35,000 over two years. Past environment program grantees include the Asian Pacific Environmental Networks and Earthjustice. To get a broader sense of the types of organizations the Scherman Foundation supports, explore its current grantees list. 

The foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry throughout the year for both the Rosin Fund and Core Fund.