OVERVIEW: Hewlett's Environment Program makes grants to conserve the North American West, expand clean energy, and address climate change. To that end, it has four goals: conserve the ecological integrity of the western US and Canada for people and wildlife, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, ensure clean and efficient energy supplies, and reduce environmental problems that disproportionately affect disadvantaged communities in the San Franciso Bay Area.
IP TAKE: The foundation favors policy development and advocacy work, and funds efforts across the globe. While it doesn't accept unsolicited proposals, interested grantseekers can submit a letter of inquiry.
PROFILE: The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is an enormous environmental funder with a strong focus on energy and climate. In fact, between the Energy Foundation and ClimateWorks, it has given hundreds of millions to the issue. (See IP's guide to Hewlett's climate funding here.) The foundation also has a strong Western Conservation program.
The foundation supports environmental work across the globe, with a special affinity for the Bay Area in California. Hewlett spreads its money widely, and the number of small grants that Hewlett gives out to small organizations is striking. Also, Hewlett is all for funding very progressive organizations such as the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice. The foundation has made a clear commitment to addressing environmental issues in low-income communities of color. When it comes to the environment, Hewlett supported a range of strategies, from mobilizing fly fishermen and backing inner-city activists to bankrolling mainstream policy organizations and supporting legal challenges on behalf of conservation. To find a full list of grantees, click here.
Hewlett definitely is a very accessible funder to a great many organizations. Although it doesn't accept unsolicited proposals, Hewlett's Western Conservation program does accept unsolicited letters of inquiry, with no deadlines. Do spend some time with the strategies, and in particular pay attention to the areas Hewlett does not fund, such as sustainable forestry or marine conservation.