Fostering the development of place-based adaptation strategies
Our goal is to support the development of locally generated strategies that will build the resilience of human and ecological communities as climate changes.
We support place-based initiatives to develop innovative approaches to preparing for an uncertain climatic future. We initiate, fund and propagate model processes that engage local stakeholders in shaping strategies that will contribute to more resilient human and natural systems. Such processes focus on variables, vulnerabilities and resulting strategies specific to a particular geographic region.
In addition, we target strategic issues that have implications for both people and nature. These include water-resource management, the protection of biodiversity-rich and emblematic ecosystems, and urban adaptation planning and implementation.
Most of our investments in this area are focused on processes that engage local communities in responding collectively, across sectors, to their vulnerabilities. Our focus is on shared natural and human systems. We recognize, however, that some initiatives will focus primarily on one or the other.
We see these place-based investments as learning opportunities. Our grant portfolio is diverse in geography, scale, topical focus and approach because we seek to foment and disseminate learning and then use what we learn to inform future strategies for the program.
Who may apply?
- U.S.-based 501(c)(3) organizations and their Canadian equivalents
- Government entities
Who will be competitive?
- We award support to organizations whose work aligns closely with our strategies and holds strong promise to bring about positive change.
- The majority of grants and program-related investments are made within the United States. We do not support projects outside of North America.
We do not fund:
- Environmental education programs or the development of curricula.
- Media projects unless they are tightly aligned with our grantmaking strategies and advance the work of our grantees.
- The construction or renovation of facilities or individual renewable-energy installations.
- The acquisition of land, other property or conservation easements for solely land-conservation purposes.
- The costs associated with designing and planning environmentally responsible buildings.
- Primary scientific research.
- Research and development of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.
- International projects outside of North America.
The Environment Program primarily accepts grant requests by invitation. However, if your organization’s work is consistent with the program’s goals, you may submit a preliminary application as a means of letting Environment Program staff learn about your activities.
An application has two parts:
- Part 1, the preliminary application, contains a data-entry component and several attachments, including a narrative.
- If a program staff member determines your request has potential for funding, he or she will ask you to provide additional information. This will constitute Part 2 of the application process.