Global Hearthworks Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The Global Hearthworks Foundation invests in improving cookstoves and clean burning household fuels.

IP TAKE: This funder currently focuses its global development grantmaking on organizations that work in Haiti and Africa.

PROFILE: Founded in 2013 by Ashley Pettus, the Global Hearthworks Foundation, a small organization that “[s]upports market-based enterprises involved in bringing sustainable fuels and cookstoves to consumers in the poorest parts of the developing world.” Over 3 billion people around the world uses fires or charcoal stoves for both cooking and heating. The use of such stoves contributes to higher mortality rights, deforestation, climate change and land degradation.

Global Hearthworks offers grants as well as low-interest, no-recourse loans and financial assistance to “[b]usinesses and non-profits that promote efficient, affordable, climate friendly cooking practices, which are viable in the communities in which they will be used.”

Investments and grants typically range from $30,000 to $100,000. Past grantees include Vitalite, which received funding for its rural electrification program to provide improved cookstoves in Zambia, as well as the Smartcook Energy Project, which received funding for its work delivering clean burning household cooking fuels to homes in East Africa.

Global Hearthworks does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.

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