The Lawrence Foundation: Grants for Climate Change

OVERVIEW: The Lawrence Foundation is a family foundation whose giving focuses on the environment, youth development and human services.

IP TAKE: This funder prioritizes environmental giving and does not impose geographic restrictions. The foundation permits for flexibility by providing operating grants, as well as more typical grants. 

PROFILE: The Lawrence Foundation broadly seeks to “support organizations that are working to solve pressing environmental, educational, human services and other issues.” A family foundation established by Jeff Lawrence and his wife, Diane Troth, with funding accrued when Lawrence sold his Trillium Digital Systems to Intel, the website says the couple believes it is "important to give something back and support organizations that are trying to make the world a better place.” The foundation does not provide much information regarding its activities or strategies, but its giving emphasizes environmental causes. 

The foundation does not dedicate a specific program to the environment or climate change. It prefers to broadly fund projects and organizations, which suggests it is open to the types of projects it may fund. Grantseekers will encounter much competition since the foundation only accepts less than 5% of annual requests. 

Lawrence grants range from $2,000 to $10,000.. The foundation’s application is fairly basic; it uses the Common Grant Application (which leadership of The Lawrence Foundation helped create). There is a standard request for goals/objectives/outcomes—a good strategy would be to communicate how a $5,000 grant would strongly support your goals. Past climate and energy grantees include the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council, the Global Footprint Network and the Center for Resource Solutions among several others.

The Lawrence Foundation’s grant application is open to all, and has two grant cycles each year, with deadlines in April and November.


  • Jeff Lawrence, co-founder and President of the Common Grant Application

  • Lori Mitchell, co-founder and Vice President of Common Grant Application and Executive Director