Children’s Investment Fund Foundation: Grants for Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation focuses its conservation grantmaking supporting large-scale land restoration activities.

IP TAKE: This funder seeks organizations working to keep global warming below 1.5C.

PROFILE: Christopher Hohn and Jamie Cooper established the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) in 2002. From the outset, the cofounders focused its funding on improving the lives of poor children living in developing countries. Early programmatic interests included increasing pediatric AIDS care and treatment in developing countries. The foundation—which has grown to be one of the largest in the United Kingdon—has since expanded its grantmaking priorities to include maternal and child healthadolescent sexual healthnutritioneducation, dewormingchild slavery and exploitation, and climate change.

CIFF awards its conservation related grants out of its climate change program. The foundation refers to climate change as the “single biggest threat” to children today. To combat that threat, the foundation seeks organizations supporting the “global transition to a zero-carbon society underpinned by a bio-material-based sustainable economy.” Areas of interest include phasing out coal usage, increasing renewables, and scaling decarbonization strategies in higher energy use industries.

Concerning conservation efforts, the foundation supports larger-scale land restoration pursuits at the city, regional, national, and global levels. According to CIFF, it aims to “accelerate biological carbon capture and storage supporting key leaders who are committed to restoring 350 million hectares of land by 2030 as part of the New York Declaration of Forests.” The foundation is currently focusing its reforestation efforts on Brazil.

CIFF grants are often substantial and can range anywhere from $3 million to $30 million. To learn more about CIFF grantees and to obtain a broader sense of the type of work this funder supports, explore its current grant portfolio.

CIFF does not generally accept unsolicited requests for funding