Bloomberg Philanthropies: Grants for Climate Change

OVERVIEW: Michael Bloomberg’s foundation funds public health, environment, education, government innovation, and arts & culture. Grants for cities and urban development prioritize finding innovative solutions to longstanding issues that cities face.

IP TAKE: Grants are by invitation only, but Bloomberg seeks new projects and ideas.

PROFILE: Bloomberg Philanthropies was started by Michael Bloomberg, the founder of media and financial company Bloomberg LP, former New York City mayor, and one of the richest men in the world. Bloomberg earned degrees from Harvard Business School and Johns Hopkins University. His foundation “focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: Public Health, Environment, Education, Government Innovation, and Arts & Culture.”

Bloomberg has a number of climate change related initiatives in its general Environment program, which works together with “cities, businesses, public health and environmental advocates, and citizen’s groups, to address some of the most serious threats to our environment.”

  • Beyond Carbon works with partners to “build on the leadership and climate progress underway in our states, cities, and communities to maximize the progress on climate change.”

  • America’s Pledge aims to “compile and quantify the actions of states, cities and businesses in the United States to drive down their greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement.”

  • American Cities Climate Challenge is an “opportunity for 25 ambitious cities to significantly deepen and accelerate their efforts to tackle climate change and promote a sustainable future for their residents.”

  • Global Coal and Air Pollution supports “international efforts to rapidly transition beyond coal power.”

  • C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group is a “network of more than 90 cities around the world that are taking measurable and scalable action to reduce their carbon emissions and accelerate progress on combating the negative impacts of climate change.”

  • Vibrant Oceans “works in key areas around the world to restore fish populations and help meet the dietary needs of a growing global population.”

Bloomberg Philanthropies’ grants rate in the hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars. It does not have a searchable grants database, but does publish its Annual Reports online.

Bloomberg prefers to work with established partners and does not accept unsolicited proposals, but it does invite interested grantseekers to submit a letter of inquiry through its Online Form.

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