Informing and promoting climate-wise policies and practices
Our goal is to identify and pursue revisions in federal, state and local policies that will help prepare human and natural communities for climate change.
Existing policy frameworks, regulatory systems and management practices are geared to address a natural world assumed to function within a range of historical norms. Climate change is reducing the relevance of these baseline assumptions. New, climate-wise protocols and guidance must be incorporated into federal, state and local policies, and decision makers must begin to experiment with new approaches to managing land and water resources and infrastructure.
At present, we support select policy initiatives at the national level. Future investments in climate-wise policy will flow from the learning that is developed through the place-based work that constitutes the bulk of our adaptation investments to date. We anticipate that learning will, in turn, influence our approach to policy at all levels of government.
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.
- We award support to organizations that work nationally, across multiple states or at the regional or statewide level. Projects that are local in scope without clear replication potential rarely are funded.
- 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.