ClimateWorks makes grants to support organizations and initiatives around the world that are working to solve the climate crisis and ensure a prosperous future. These grants support the goals of our portfolios of strategic philanthropic initiatives.
Strategic grants to catalyze real-world results
ClimateWorks manages a portfolio of grants that support organizations and projects working to mitigate climate change. Our grantmaking is guided by portfolio priorities and aligned with our values. ClimateWorks supports regionally based programs in China, Indonesia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States, as well as global and transnational initiatives.
We work collaboratively with other foundations that share our commitment to mitigating climate change, at scale. We allocate funds strategically in a way that supports portfolio goals and initiatives.
We are a strategic grantmaker, committed to evaluating our work and the work of our partners, learning from our successes and failures, and improving how we work. With a global perspective, we work with partners to understand context and trends, learn from experience, and reveal opportunities for impact. In the process, we contribute to more strategic, efficient, and effective climate philanthropy.
ClimateWorks’ grantmaking includes core support and project support grants.
ClimateWorks collaborates with and provides core support grants to a global network of regional partners whose missions align with ours. These organizations play a central role in developing portfolios of philanthropic investments designed to achieve large-scale greenhouse gas emissions reductions in the regions and countries where they operate. Working with a host of local grantees, regional partners design and lead geographically based strategies and fund fine-grained grant portfolios.
ClimateWorks supports mature, emerging, and experimental opportunities to curb climate change. Project grants fund global, regional, and transnational strategies that ClimateWorks develops, implements, and monitors. Most of our project support grants prioritize global and transnational opportunities, and we work closely with our foundation partners to invest in potentially game-changing opportunities. Project grants also enable rapid response to emerging opportunities and challenges in the field. We also make grants on behalf of programs and initiatives we host.
Yayasan WWF IndonesiaForests & Land Use6/16/1512300000
Forests & Land Use6/16/1512300000
To support implementation of zero-deforestation commitments made by palm oil and pulp companies in Indonesia.
Samdhana Institute Inc.Forests & Land Use3/10/1512774336
Forests & Land Use3/10/1512774336
To builds community capacity and promote emissions reductions from land use in Indonesia.
Agncia de Notcias dos Direitos da InfnciaForests & Land Use3/10/1512315260
Forests & Land Use3/10/1512315260
To improve reporting on deforestation and land use issues in the Brazilian Amazon.
Instituto Internacional de Educao do BrasilForests & Land Use11/2/1510249900
Forests & Land Use11/2/1510249900
To support implementation of community forest management plans in Par State.
Instituto Centro de VidaForests & Land Use1/29/156165000
Forests & Land Use1/29/156165000
To strengthen forest regulation and build civil society capacity.
Instituto SocioambientalForests & Land Use11/9/1512150000
Forests & Land Use11/9/1512150000
To improve transparency and compliance with forest regulation and with traditional peoplesÕ rights.
Instituto de Pesquisa Ambiental de AmazoniaForests & Land Use6/16/1512475000
Forests & Land Use6/16/1512475000
To improve local environment governance, support Forest Code implementation and promote economic incentives.
Centro de Jornalismo InvestigativoForests & Land Use11/2/15986525
Forests & Land Use11/2/15986525
To promote community land use rights in the Amazon region through public debate and media.
Environmental Investigation AgencyForests & Land Use7/28/1512200000
Forests & Land Use7/28/1512200000
To combat illegal deforestation that enters the global wood trade.
Tebtebba FoundationForests & Land Use8/17/1512100000
Forests & Land Use8/17/1512100000
To ensure indigenous and community monitoring influences international climate finance, programs and policies.
World Resources InstituteForests & Land Use4/14/1518297533
Forests & Land Use4/14/1518297533
To support research on the benefits and costs of secure indigenous and community forest tenure, and to develop a global map of indigenous and community lands.
Forest Peoples ProgrammeForests & Land Use6/10/1512200000
Forests & Land Use6/10/1512200000
To increase recognition of forest peoplesÕ rights in global policies, intergovernmental initiatives, and finance.
Bank Information CenterForests & Land Use3/10/1512300000
Forests & Land Use3/10/1512300000
To develop a forest sustainability screen to reduce the impact of investments and lending practices on forests and forest-dependent peoples.
The Regents of the University of ColoradoForests & Land Use7/30/1512250000
Forests & Land Use7/30/1512250000
To support the GovernorsÕ Climate & Forest Task Force in its efforts to implement jurisdictional programs for low emissions development and facilitate learning and partnerships.
Asociacin de Comunidades Forestales de PetnForests & Land Use9/15/15361000000
Forests & Land Use9/15/15361000000
To strengthen the community forestry concession model for the management and conservation of tropical forests within the Maya Biosphere Reserve.
Mexican Council for Sustainable Forestry - Consejo Civil Mexicano para la Silvicultura SostenibleForests & Land Use9/15/15362000000
Forests & Land Use9/15/15362000000
To work with rural ejidos and communities to improve forest management and develop diversified natural resource value chains.
Samdhana InstituteForests & Land Use1/29/153111607
Forests & Land Use1/29/153111607
To support emerging opportunities to secure the land and resource rights of indigenous peoples and rural communities.
Instituto de Pesquisa Ambiental de AmazoniaForests & Land Use4/3/154231566
Forests & Land Use4/3/154231566
To strengthen municipal-level environmental governance, contribute to the implementation of the Forest Code, and identify opportunities to redirect tax policies and economic incentives to support sustainable activities in the Amazon Region.
Instituto do Homem e Meio Ambiente da AmazoniaForests & Land Use7/15/1516245000
Forests & Land Use7/15/1516245000
To reduce illegal deforestation associated with land speculation in the Par State of Brazil.
Indonesia Institute of DeliverologyForests & Land Use7/2/15499350
Forests & Land Use7/2/15499350
To develop recommendations for a renewable energy and biofuel policy in Indonesia.
University of Arizona FoundationForests & Land Use7/30/151270000
Forests & Land Use7/30/151270000
To strengthen capacity for resolving land use and natural resource management conflicts in Indonesia.
Rainforest Action NetworkForests & Land Use6/10/15490000
Forests & Land Use6/10/15490000
To improve sustainable forest practices of pulp and paper producers in Indonesia.
Center for International Forestry ResearchForests & Land Use7/28/151860000
Forests & Land Use7/28/151860000
To support transparency in the formulation of sustainable palm oil regulation in East Kalimantan Province.
Fundacin Intereclesistica Para La Cooperacin Al DesarrolloForests & Land Use8/17/154100000
Forests & Land Use8/17/154100000
To strengthen the Mesoamerican Alliance for Peoples and Forests (AMPB) and promote forest and climate change policies that favor forest communities.
Indonesia Institute of DeliverologyForests & Land Use10/26/154119860
Forests & Land Use10/26/154119860
To support renewable energy and biofuel policies that reduce deforestation and GHG emissions in Indonesia.
Perkumpulan Jaringan Mediator Impartial IndonesiaForests & Land Use9/3/1512150087
Forests & Land Use9/3/1512150087
To support strategies to resolve forest and land conflicts.
Fundao AvinaForests & Land Use10/27/15460000
Forests & Land Use10/27/15460000
To support the System to Estimate Greenhouse Gases Emissions (SEEG).
Urban and Regional Development InstituteForests & Land Use11/2/159199044
Forests & Land Use11/2/159199044
To support Indonesia in international climate negotiations.
Instituto do Homem e Meio Ambiente da AmazoniaForests & Land Use11/9/1512193000
Forests & Land Use11/9/1512193000
To support implementation of avoided deforestation commitment of Par State.
The Climate GroupEnergy Efficiency7/30/159135000
To collect and analyze energy efficiency data.
Liblula Comunicacin Ambiente y DesarrolloCross-Cutting7/30/15650000
To support Peru in international climate negotiations.
To support dialogue regarding Southern leadership post-Paris.
To support South Africa in international climate negotiations.
U.S. Climate Action NetworkCross-Cutting8/31/15348000
To support the Green Climate Fund.
Climate Central, Inc.Cross-Cutting8/13/1512200000
To support the launch of the World Weather Attribution program.
Environmental Investigation AgencyForests & Land Use4/20/15840000
Forests & Land Use4/20/15840000
To support the Lacey Act.
To support dialogue about the Pope's ecological encyclical.
Energy FoundationClean Power7/2/1561400000
To provide analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan.
European Climate FoundationCross-Cutting6/26/15970000
To support dialogue on climate change at the G7 summit.
European Climate FoundationCross-Cutting6/26/156100000
To support advocacy in support of clean energy investments in Norway.
To provide public opinion research.
To provide capacity-building support to least developed countries in international climate negotiations.
Global Call for Climate ActionCross-Cutting2/17/151150000
To support the China Tree Desk, an online platform dedicated to promoting education on climate change.
Alliance to Save EnergyEnergy Efficiency3/30/1511200000
To establish the Global Alliance for Energy Productivity.
To support media coverage of climate-related news
To support organizing efforts related to international climate negotiations.
Coalition for Green CapitalCross-Cutting4/2/1512250000
To support the establishment of green banks.
Between 2008 and 2014, ClimateWorks’ grantmaking was directed predominately to a global network of regional partners and technical institutions that provided sector-specific and policy expertise. Through this support, ClimateWorks injected unprecedented philanthropic capital into the climate and clean energy field. In total, during our first six years, ClimateWorks awarded 868 grants to 227 grantees, totaling $799,152,683. ClimateWorks’ annual reports include more information about our grantmaking history.
During this period, the strategies that ClimateWorks supported — along with countless other funders and grantees — helped bring about significant policy change in the regions and sectors with the greatest greenhouse gas emissions. In total, we estimate that these associated policy outcomes have the potential to reduce approximately 5.6 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide per year by 2020 — more than the annual emissions of 1,400 coal-fired power plants. These results, while not nearly enough to put the world on a 2°C pathway, show that there is momentum for change and opportunities for philanthropy to make a difference in the fight against climate change.
How does ClimateWorks determine its funding priorities?
ClimateWorks determines its funding priorities by assessing the technical potential of a program or initiative to achieve greenhouse gas abatement, evaluating the political, social, and economic context, and coordinating with funding and other partners. Funding priorities are structured around six specialized portfolios — Clean Power, Oil, Energy Efficiency, Forests and Land Use, Non-CO₂ Mitigation, and Cross-Cutting Strategies — which work both individually and collectively to target opportunities in areas that demonstrate the biggest potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
In what geographic areas does ClimateWorks make grants?
ClimateWorks makes grants to organizations and initiatives in the regions that hold the highest potential for greenhouse gas abatement: China, Indonesia, the European Union, Latin America, and the United States. ClimateWorks also funds global and transnational strategies, such as initiatives that support international climate policies, reduce emissions from aircraft and marine vessels, address fluorinated gases (F-gases) globally, and increase sustainable finance.
How does ClimateWorks evaluate if its grants are making a difference?
ClimateWorks follows the principles of strategic philanthropy. We set goals for our programs and work with partners in pursuit of these goals, collaborating with them to achieve results on a scale commensurate with the size of the problem. To evaluate the impact of our grantmaking, ClimateWorks engages in structured monitoring, evaluation, and learning. We use insights from these efforts to adjust and adapt to evolving conditions in the field. In select cases, we commission third party evaluations that inform decisions on strategy and implementation.
Where do ClimateWorks' grantmaking funds come from?
ClimateWorks' grantmaking funds come from foundation partners that invest in our mission and programs. To these partners, we offer insights, strategic analysis of opportunities, grantmaking capacity, and the ability to collaborate with other funders and leverage funds at scale. We are not an endowed foundation.
Does ClimateWorks accept unsolicited proposals?
ClimateWorks does not accept unsolicited proposals. We work with partners to identify organizations and initiatives that align with our strategic priorities. This collaborative approach leverages a global network of organizations that work with us to develop insights, design strategies, and implement programs. We believe that this strategic, partnership-driven approach is effective in achieving real-world results.