Laird Norton Family Foundation: Grants for Climate Change and Energy

OVERVIEW: The Laird Norton Foundation’s climate change grantmaking focuses on regenerative biological systems, reducing fossil fuel dependency, and promoting renewable energy.

IP TAKE: Laird Norton considers both program and operating support, which is attractive for grassroots organizations. However, grants are predominately limited to Washington and Oregon.

PROFILE:  Since 1940, the Laird Norton Family Foundation has worked to honor and reflect the values of the Laird Norton family through philanthropic giving. It is governed by more than 60 family members, prioritizing arts education, climate change, global development, the Sapling Fund, and watershed conservation

Laird Norton's climate change grantmaking go to regenerative biological systems that influence the carbon cycle (“biocarbon”), reducing dependency on fossil fuels, and promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency. The foundation also seeks to end the use of coal while increasing the ability of land and water to sequester carbon. 

Laird Norton prioritizes organizations the states of Washington and Oregon, but will occasionally consider funding organizations in other states.  Grants typically range from $20,000 to $50,000, and grant periods typically last one year. It occasionally awards multiyear grants. To learn more about Laird Norton’s giving in climate change, explore its grants listing.

The foundation does not accept unsolicited applications. However, accepts “brief inquiries” from groups whose work supports the foundation’s climate change priorities.


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