Environment Program refining its climate-change priorities

Revised grant guidelines will be finalized later this year.

April 07, 2013

Kresge’s Environment Program is refining its funding priorities to more closely integrate its support for efforts to reduce the severity of climate change and prepare for its unavoidable impacts.

The Environment Program is one of seven programs at Kresge. In recent years, it has advanced work to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by promoting the adoption of energy efficiency and renewable energy, and funded organizations developing new knowledge and practices for adapting to climate change.

“We are knitting the two strands of our work together toward the goal of helping communities build their resilience in the face of climate change,” says Lois DeBacker, senior program director at Kresge, who leads the Environment Program. “Our working definition of resilience includes recognizing and reducing vulnerabilities that climate change will introduce or worsen. It also includes limiting the severity of climate change through measures that reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.”

Kresge’s Environment team expects to support place-based projects that can serve as models along with efforts that help to build a field of practice, DeBacker says.

Consistent with Kresge’s mission of creating opportunity for low-income and under-represented people, the Environment Program team will also seek to ensure that those communities are included in setting resilience agendas and benefit from them.

The revised grant guidelines will be finalized later this year.

During the transition, the Environment Program staff will invite grant applications. The portal for making unsolicited requests for funding will close June 1. Applications already begun will not be affected. Very few such requests have been funded in recent months.