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.

Core support

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.

Project support

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 Indonesia Forests & Land Use 6/16/15 12 300000
Forests & Land Use 6/16/15 12 300000 To support implementation of zero-deforestation commitments made by palm oil and pulp companies in Indonesia.
Samdhana Institute Inc. Forests & Land Use 3/10/15 12 774336
Forests & Land Use 3/10/15 12 774336 To builds community capacity and promote emissions reductions from land use in Indonesia.
Agncia de Not’cias dos Direitos da Inf‰ncia Forests & Land Use 3/10/15 12 315260
Forests & Land Use 3/10/15 12 315260 To improve reporting on deforestation and land use issues in the Brazilian Amazon.
Instituto Internacional de Educa‹o do Brasil Forests & Land Use 11/2/15 10 249900
Forests & Land Use 11/2/15 10 249900 To support implementation of community forest management plans in Par‡ State.
Instituto Centro de Vida Forests & Land Use 1/29/15 6 165000
Forests & Land Use 1/29/15 6 165000 To strengthen forest regulation and build civil society capacity.
Instituto Socioambiental Forests & Land Use 11/9/15 12 150000
Forests & Land Use 11/9/15 12 150000 To improve transparency and compliance with forest regulation and with traditional peoplesÕ rights.
Instituto de Pesquisa Ambiental de Amazonia Forests & Land Use 6/16/15 12 475000
Forests & Land Use 6/16/15 12 475000 To improve local environment governance, support Forest Code implementation and promote economic incentives.
Centro de Jornalismo Investigativo Forests & Land Use 11/2/15 9 86525
Forests & Land Use 11/2/15 9 86525 To promote community land use rights in the Amazon region through public debate and media.
Environmental Investigation Agency Forests & Land Use 7/28/15 12 200000
Forests & Land Use 7/28/15 12 200000 To combat illegal deforestation that enters the global wood trade.
Tebtebba Foundation Forests & Land Use 8/17/15 12 100000
Forests & Land Use 8/17/15 12 100000 To ensure indigenous and community monitoring influences international climate finance, programs and policies.
World Resources Institute Forests & Land Use 4/14/15 18 297533
Forests & Land Use 4/14/15 18 297533 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 Programme Forests & Land Use 6/10/15 12 200000
Forests & Land Use 6/10/15 12 200000 To increase recognition of forest peoplesÕ rights in global policies, intergovernmental initiatives, and finance.
Bank Information Center Forests & Land Use 3/10/15 12 300000
Forests & Land Use 3/10/15 12 300000 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 Colorado Forests & Land Use 7/30/15 12 250000
Forests & Land Use 7/30/15 12 250000 To support the GovernorsÕ Climate & Forest Task Force in its efforts to implement jurisdictional programs for low emissions development and facilitate learning and partnerships.
Asociaci—n de Comunidades Forestales de PetŽn Forests & Land Use 9/15/15 36 1000000
Forests & Land Use 9/15/15 36 1000000 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 Sostenible Forests & Land Use 9/15/15 36 2000000
Forests & Land Use 9/15/15 36 2000000 To work with rural ejidos and communities to improve forest management and develop diversified natural resource value chains.
Samdhana Institute Forests & Land Use 1/29/15 3 111607
Forests & Land Use 1/29/15 3 111607 To support emerging opportunities to secure the land and resource rights of indigenous peoples and rural communities.
Instituto de Pesquisa Ambiental de Amazonia Forests & Land Use 4/3/15 4 231566
Forests & Land Use 4/3/15 4 231566 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 Amazonia Forests & Land Use 7/15/15 16 245000
Forests & Land Use 7/15/15 16 245000 To reduce illegal deforestation associated with land speculation in the Par‡ State of Brazil.
Indonesia Institute of Deliverology Forests & Land Use 7/2/15 4 99350
Forests & Land Use 7/2/15 4 99350 To develop recommendations for a renewable energy and biofuel policy in Indonesia.
University of Arizona Foundation Forests & Land Use 7/30/15 12 70000
Forests & Land Use 7/30/15 12 70000 To strengthen capacity for resolving land use and natural resource management conflicts in Indonesia.
Rainforest Action Network Forests & Land Use 6/10/15 4 90000
Forests & Land Use 6/10/15 4 90000 To improve sustainable forest practices of pulp and paper producers in Indonesia.
Center for International Forestry Research Forests & Land Use 7/28/15 18 60000
Forests & Land Use 7/28/15 18 60000 To support transparency in the formulation of sustainable palm oil regulation in East Kalimantan Province.
Fundaci—n Intereclesi‡stica Para La Cooperaci—n Al Desarrollo Forests & Land Use 8/17/15 4 100000
Forests & Land Use 8/17/15 4 100000 To strengthen the Mesoamerican Alliance for Peoples and Forests (AMPB) and promote forest and climate change policies that favor forest communities.
Indonesia Institute of Deliverology Forests & Land Use 10/26/15 4 119860
Forests & Land Use 10/26/15 4 119860 To support renewable energy and biofuel policies that reduce deforestation and GHG emissions in Indonesia.
Perkumpulan Jaringan Mediator Impartial Indonesia Forests & Land Use 9/3/15 12 150087
Forests & Land Use 9/3/15 12 150087 To support strategies to resolve forest and land conflicts.
Funda‹o Avina Forests & Land Use 10/27/15 4 60000
Forests & Land Use 10/27/15 4 60000 To support the System to Estimate Greenhouse Gases Emissions (SEEG).
Urban and Regional Development Institute Forests & Land Use 11/2/15 9 199044
Forests & Land Use 11/2/15 9 199044 To support Indonesia in international climate negotiations.
Instituto do Homem e Meio Ambiente da Amazonia Forests & Land Use 11/9/15 12 193000
Forests & Land Use 11/9/15 12 193000 To support implementation of avoided deforestation commitment of Par‡ State.
The Climate Group Energy Efficiency 7/30/15 9 135000
Energy Efficiency 7/30/15 9 135000 To collect and analyze energy efficiency data.
LibŽlula Comunicaci—n Ambiente y Desarrollo Cross-Cutting 7/30/15 6 50000
Cross-Cutting 7/30/15 6 50000 To support Peru in international climate negotiations.
Utgard AS Cross-Cutting 9/8/15 9 150000
Cross-Cutting 9/8/15 9 150000 To support dialogue regarding Southern leadership post-Paris.
SouthSouthNorth Cross-Cutting 8/27/15 7 70000
Cross-Cutting 8/27/15 7 70000 To support South Africa in international climate negotiations.
U.S. Climate Action Network Cross-Cutting 8/31/15 3 48000
Cross-Cutting 8/31/15 3 48000 To support the Green Climate Fund.
Climate Central, Inc. Cross-Cutting 8/13/15 12 200000
Cross-Cutting 8/13/15 12 200000 To support the launch of the World Weather Attribution program.
Environmental Investigation Agency Forests & Land Use 4/20/15 8 40000
Forests & Land Use 4/20/15 8 40000 To support the Lacey Act.
GreenFaith Cross-Cutting 4/29/15 8 209750
Cross-Cutting 4/29/15 8 209750 To support dialogue about the Pope's ecological encyclical.
Energy Foundation Clean Power 7/2/15 6 1400000
Clean Power 7/2/15 6 1400000 To provide analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan.
European Climate Foundation Cross-Cutting 6/26/15 9 70000
Cross-Cutting 6/26/15 9 70000 To support dialogue on climate change at the G7 summit.
European Climate Foundation Cross-Cutting 6/26/15 6 100000
Cross-Cutting 6/26/15 6 100000 To support advocacy in support of clean energy investments in Norway.
Oil Change International Cross-Cutting 8/18/15 6 265000
Cross-Cutting 8/18/15 6 265000 To support dialogue on fossil fuel subsidies.
European Climate Foundation Cross-Cutting 9/1/15 4 32000
Cross-Cutting 9/1/15 4 32000 To support participants attending clean energy workshop.
Health Care Without Harm Cross-Cutting 9/16/15 12 200000
Cross-Cutting 9/16/15 12 200000 To mobilize leaders on the nexus between climate change and health.
Jubilee South Asia Pacific Movement, Inc. Cross-Cutting 8/31/15 7 50000
Cross-Cutting 8/31/15 7 50000 To build communications capacity in international climate negotiations.
Energy Foundation Oil 8/27/15 4 26500
Oil 8/27/15 4 26500 To support California's engagement in international climate negotiations.
China Dialogue Trust Cross-Cutting 5/19/15 12 181512
Cross-Cutting 5/19/15 12 181512 To support education on low-carbon policies in China.
Collaborative Labeling and Appliance Standards Program Energy Efficiency 6/8/15 24 1000000
Energy Efficiency 6/8/15 24 1000000 To strengthen appliance energy efficiency standards.
World Resources Institute Cross-Cutting 6/26/15 9 156000
Cross-Cutting 6/26/15 9 156000 To support analysis of international climate negotiations.
Regulatory Assistance Project Clean Power 7/29/15 12 98070
Clean Power 7/29/15 12 98070 To promote clean energy policies.
European Climate Foundation Cross-Cutting 7/21/15 2 30000
Cross-Cutting 7/21/15 2 30000 To support research on legal aspects of the international climate negotiations.
NABU Non-CO2 Mitigation 4/29/15 12 300000
Non-CO2 Mitigation 4/29/15 12 300000 To address black carbon and other air pollutants from container ships.
Environmental Investigation Agency Non-CO2 Mitigation 8/31/15 12 70000
Non-CO2 Mitigation 8/31/15 12 70000 To support phase out hydrofluorocarbons.
PRIME Coalition Cross-Cutting 9/16/15 10 125000
Cross-Cutting 9/16/15 10 125000 To explore creation of a new organization to unlock long-term capital for clean energy technology.
Perkumpulan Transformasi untuk Keadilan Indonesia (TuK Indonesia) Forests & Land Use 11/2/15 12 97461
Forests & Land Use 11/2/15 12 97461 To strengthen smallholdersÕ land rights.
Rainforest Foundation Forests & Land Use 12/9/14 12 399803
Forests & Land Use 12/9/14 12 399803 To support the Indigenous Peoples of Panama obtain and exercise secure land rights, protect their livelihoods and reduce emission.
Instituto Centro de Vida Forests & Land Use 10/15/15 8 250000
Forests & Land Use 10/15/15 8 250000 To strengthen compliance with environmental laws and support dialogue on "zero deforestation" in Mato Grosso.
Conservation International Brasil Forests & Land Use 12/9/14 18 636502
Forests & Land Use 12/9/14 18 636502 To support implementation of environmental regulation in the Amazon region.
Oxfam America Forests & Land Use 4/9/15 14 250000
Forests & Land Use 4/9/15 14 250000 To support implementation of GHG emissions reduction commitments of food and beverage companies.
Forest Peoples Programme Forests & Land Use 3/10/15 9 399141
Forests & Land Use 3/10/15 9 399141 To reduce emissions from land use by helping forest peoples exercise land rights.
Yayasan AURIGA Nusantara Forests & Land Use 6/23/15 12 149995
Forests & Land Use 6/23/15 12 149995 To improve forest and land use governance in Indonesia by supporting monitoring and implementation of forest and land use regulations.
Kemitraan - Partnership for Governance Reform Forests & Land Use 11/9/15 18 250000
Forests & Land Use 11/9/15 18 250000 To improve policies and practices of sustainable plantations.
Rainforest Action Network Forests & Land Use 9/15/15 12 450000
Forests & Land Use 9/15/15 12 450000 To leverage forest governance in Indonesia by exerting demand-side pressure on target companies, working with local partners in Indonesia.
Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development Non-CO2 Mitigation 3/19/15 13 200000
Non-CO2 Mitigation 3/19/15 13 200000 To support the Climate and Clean Air Coalition.
European Climate Foundation Cross-Cutting 3/19/15 12 700000
Cross-Cutting 3/19/15 12 700000 To ensure accurate science-based communications in international climate negotiations.
Climate and Health Research Network Non-CO2 Mitigation 4/14/15 11 491888
Non-CO2 Mitigation 4/14/15 11 491888 To support applied research on methane and black carbon.
Climate Action Network International Cross-Cutting 4/9/15 10 400000
Cross-Cutting 4/9/15 10 400000 To promote renewable energy in international climate negotiations.
Strategies for the Global Environment, Inc. Cross-Cutting 4/14/15 10 50000
Cross-Cutting 4/14/15 10 50000 To strengthen understanding within the business community of international climate negotiations.
Deutsche Umwelthilfe Non-CO2 Mitigation 3/24/15 12 200000
Non-CO2 Mitigation 3/24/15 12 200000 To reduce wood burning black carbon emissions in the E.U.
Deutsche Umwelthilfe Non-CO2 Mitigation 3/24/15 12 100000
Non-CO2 Mitigation 3/24/15 12 100000 To support enforcement of E.U. F-gas directives.
Deutsche Umwelthilfe Non-CO2 Mitigation 3/24/15 12 700000
Non-CO2 Mitigation 3/24/15 12 700000 To support the Soot Free for the Climate campaign in Europe.
Deutsche Umwelthilfe Non-CO2 Mitigation 4/2/15 12 100000
Non-CO2 Mitigation 4/2/15 12 100000 To support methane control policies in Europe.
Sierra Club Foundation Cross-Cutting 4/8/15 10 50000
Cross-Cutting 4/8/15 10 50000 To educate decision makers and the general public about international climate negotiations.
Environmental Investigation Agency Non-CO2 Mitigation 4/21/15 12 500000
Non-CO2 Mitigation 4/21/15 12 500000 To support Montreal Protocol amendments to phase down HFCs.
Energy Foundation Non-CO2 Mitigation 4/21/15 12 1500000
Non-CO2 Mitigation 4/21/15 12 1500000 To support advocacy to reduce methane leakage from oil and gas development.
Partnership Project, Inc. Cross-Cutting 4/28/15 10 50000
Cross-Cutting 4/28/15 10 50000 To support education and build support for an international climate agreement.
World Resources Institute Cross-Cutting 6/15/15 9 250000
Cross-Cutting 6/15/15 9 250000 To support assessments of climate-related policies and address obstacles related to their implementation.
Oxfam America Cross-Cutting 4/15/15 10 75000
Cross-Cutting 4/15/15 10 75000 To support African civil society in international climate negotiations.
U.S. Climate Action Network Cross-Cutting 4/21/15 11 40000
Cross-Cutting 4/21/15 11 40000 To coordinate NGOÕs engagement in international climate negotiations.
Ateneo de Manila University Cross-Cutting 7/24/15 9 50000
Cross-Cutting 7/24/15 9 50000 To support international climate negotiations.
Green Renewable Independent Power Producer Cross-Cutting 5/19/15 10 30000
Cross-Cutting 5/19/15 10 30000 To support climate finance action and Asian countriesÕ participation in international climate negotiations.
Fondation Institut de Recherche pour le DŽveloppement Durable et les Relations Internationales Cross-Cutting 5/20/15 9 40000
Cross-Cutting 5/20/15 9 40000 To support research on climate finance and international climate negotiations.
Fondation Institut de Recherche pour le DŽveloppement Durable et les Relations Internationales Cross-Cutting 6/1/15 9 24500
Cross-Cutting 6/1/15 9 24500 To support E.U. engagement in international climate negotiations.
C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group Energy Efficiency 5/20/15 5 145000
Energy Efficiency 5/20/15 5 145000 To analyze building energy performance data and strengthen the effectiveness of energy efficiency standards.
Independent Diplomat Cross-Cutting 6/10/15 12 175000
Cross-Cutting 6/10/15 12 175000 To support the Republic of Marshall Islands and the Association of Small Island States in international climate negotiations.
Collaborative Labeling and Appliance Standards Program Energy Efficiency 6/11/15 14 250000
Energy Efficiency 6/11/15 14 250000 To develop an off-grid appliance market.
Greenovation Hub Cross-Cutting 6/10/15 8 55000
Cross-Cutting 6/10/15 8 55000 To support Chinese civil society's engagement in climate action, domestically and internationally.
Christian Aid Cross-Cutting 7/24/15 8 48000
Cross-Cutting 7/24/15 8 48000 To support African countries' participation in international climate negotiations.
World Resources Institute Cross-Cutting 6/9/15 7 175000
Cross-Cutting 6/9/15 7 175000 To support administration of the International Policies and Politics Initiative.
American Security Project Cross-Cutting 6/12/15 7 22000
Cross-Cutting 6/12/15 7 22000 To analyze the link between national security and climate change.
Instituto de Estudos da Religi‹o Cross-Cutting 7/9/15 4 31350
Cross-Cutting 7/9/15 4 31350 To support research and convenings related to climate change and faith communities in Brazil.
Partnership for a Secure America Cross-Cutting 6/9/15 5 20000
Cross-Cutting 6/9/15 5 20000 To support bipartisan dialogue on international climate negotiations.
Consorcio de Investigaci—n Econ—mica y Social Cross-Cutting 7/29/15 8 40000
Cross-Cutting 7/29/15 8 40000 To support participation of the Independent Association of Latin America and the Caribbean in international climate negotiations.
Monash University Energy Efficiency 7/21/15 8 192000
Energy Efficiency 7/21/15 8 192000 To analyze the financial value of energy efficiency investments.
Climate and Health Research Network Non-CO2 Mitigation 7/2/15 8 50000
Non-CO2 Mitigation 7/2/15 8 50000 To redesign brick kilns in Nepal to a cleaner, more efficient, and stable configuration.
International Council on Clean Transportation Oil 7/1/15 9 100000
Oil 7/1/15 9 100000 To support the secretariat of the Zero Emission Vehicle Alliance.
International Council on Clean Transportation Non-CO2 Mitigation 4/6/15 12 625000
Non-CO2 Mitigation 4/6/15 12 625000 To reduce black carbon emissions from marine vessels and within ports.
Energy Foundation Core Support 3/14/15 12 5950000
Core Support 3/14/15 12 5950000 To promote the transition to a sustainable energy future by advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy in the U.S.
Energy Foundation Core Support 3/12/15 12 11895000
Core Support 3/12/15 12 11895000 To support China's transition to a sustainable energy future by promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy.
European Climate Foundation Core Support 3/31/15 12 5955000
Core Support 3/31/15 12 5955000 To promote climate and energy policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Europe.
Partnership Project, Inc. Cross-Cutting 2/24/15 12 181500
Cross-Cutting 2/24/15 12 181500 To provide public opinion research.
Climate Analytics Cross-Cutting 2/17/15 12 65000
Cross-Cutting 2/17/15 12 65000 To provide capacity-building support to least developed countries in international climate negotiations.
Global Call for Climate Action Cross-Cutting 2/17/15 11 50000
Cross-Cutting 2/17/15 11 50000 To support the China Tree Desk, an online platform dedicated to promoting education on climate change.
Alliance to Save Energy Energy Efficiency 3/30/15 11 200000
Energy Efficiency 3/30/15 11 200000 To establish the Global Alliance for Energy Productivity.
Vasudha Foundation Cross-Cutting 2/17/15 13 120000
Cross-Cutting 2/17/15 13 120000 To support media coverage of climate-related news
350.org Cross-Cutting 2/24/15 12 200000
Cross-Cutting 2/24/15 12 200000 To support organizing efforts related to international climate negotiations.
Coalition for Green Capital Cross-Cutting 4/2/15 12 250000
Cross-Cutting 4/2/15 12 250000 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.