Bullitt Foundation: Grants for Climate and Energy

OVERVIEW: The Bullitt Foundation climate and energy grants support organizations that increase energy efficiency, replace dirty energy, promoting clean energy, eliminate toxic chemicals in products, and those that help to ensure equitable climate policies.  

IP TAKE: Bullitt aims to promote “livable cities conducive to human well-being” through its grantmaking.

PROFILE: In 1952, Dorothy Bullitt established the Bullitt Foundation to "safeguard the natural environment by promoting responsible human activities and sustainable communities in the Pacific Northwest." During her lifetime, Bullitt was a well-known Seattle businesswomen and philanthropist that helped to found many of the city’s prominent institutions such as Children’s Hospital, the Seattle Symphony, and Cornish School of the Arts. The Bullitt Foundation’s grantmaking focuses on the environment and includes the following programs: Regional Ecosystem Health; Energy, Climate, & Materials; Deep Green Buildings; Resilient Cities, Healthy Communities; an Environmental Fellowship; and Thought Leadership and Innovation.

The foundation’s Energy, Climate, & Materials program broadly supports organizations that “work to eliminate the use of fossil fuels, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and transition from toxic materials to inherently safe ones.”

Most Bullitt grants range from $25,000 to $75,000. Because of this funder’s narrow geographic focus, it often supports local and grassroots organizations. To learn more about the types of organizations Bullitt supports and at what level, explore it searchable grants history list.

Bullitt currently restricts its geographic focus to the Emerald Corridor, which defines the region bounded by Vancouver, British Columbia to the north, Portland to the south, and the Cascades to the east. The foundation does not accept unsolicited requests for funding or grant applications. Grantseekers are welcome to submit brief letters of inquiry by March 15 for the fall funding cycle and September 15 for the spring cycle. 


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