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Environmental Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits in Upper Midwestern States
for Programs that Address Climate Change Issues

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Carolyn Foundation

Deadline Date:

08/01/19 Midnight


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Grants ranging from $15,000 to $25,000 to North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa nonprofit organizations to address climate change in the Upper Midwest region. Funding may be requested for policy education, community action, administrative action, sustainable business and community solutions, and pilot projects.

Carolyn Foundation Believes:
- Climate change is the critical environmental issue for the current generation.
- Immediate action is required.
- Policy and economics will drive timely change.
- Focus can amplify impact.

The Foundation will fund solutions-oriented programs that:
-Mobilize Citizen/Community Action: programs that organize people to take a stand on an issue and bring about specific change. Measurements would include both the numbers of people and outcomes of efforts.
-Policy Education: programs that inform and educate policy makers, and/or the general public about the implications of various policy decisions. Key measurement would relate to the impact of such education changing minds, firming up commitments and making positive change.
-Administrative Action: working with public utility regulators and others charged with writing the rules and policies to implement legislative actions. Key issues will include timing, aggressiveness, enforcement, etc.
-Sustainable Business/Community Solutions that build capacity, understanding and commitment to clean energy and citizen engagement.
-Pilot Projects: Test projects of promising ideas that if successful would have broad replication opportunities across the region and beyond. The Foundation is looking for ideas that have not been tried and/or successfully implemented elsewhere, including beyond the Upper Midwest region

Carolyn Foundation is not generally interested in funding stand-alone implementation projects such as local renewable energy or energy efficiency programs. An exception may be made for unique projects addressing a specific issue for which a pilot project is needed. In this case you will need to demonstrate the need for the pilot; that the issue hasn’t been successfully addressed elsewhere; and a plan for sharing and replicating.

Because the Foundation understands how interconnected environmental systems are, all environmental proposals must:
- Address root causes and create sustainable solutions.
- Demonstrate how the specific project links to climate change mitigation.
- Collaborate effectively with others in the community: government, non-government, foundation and private parties.
- Create a measurable outcome.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177293

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Recently most environmental grants have been in the $15,000 - $25,000 range.

Term of Contract:

Typical grant size is based on a one-year funding commitment.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation only funds organizations which are exempt from Federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and which are not classified as Private Foundations.

The Foundation does not typically fund organization through fiscal agents.

The Foundation makes one-year awards not more than once every three years. An organization is eligible for a grant not more than once every thirty-six months; for example, if an organization received a grant in January 2018, they will not be eligible to apply for a grant until August 2021; for potential funding in January 2022.

The Foundation generally does not make grants to:
-Individuals, political organizations or candidates, veterans’ organizations, fraternal societies or orders, nor does it support courtesy advertising, or respond to telephone solicitations.
-Religious organizations for religious purposes.
-Organizations in support of operations carried on in foreign countries.
-Federated fund drives, for the purpose of redistribution to those groups to which they make grants. The Foundation may on occasion, make grants to umbrella organizations for specific needs they may have as it relates to the funding priorities.
-Annual fund drives.
-Cover deficits already incurred.
-Organizations for one-time events such as conferences, seminars, fund-raiser events, dinners, or other such requests for contributions.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadlines:
-February 1 – This is the deadline for grants paid in June.
-August 1 – This is the deadline for grants paid in January.

Deadlines are at midnight of the online submission dates. If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday applications are due the next business day.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

Becky Erdahl, Executive Director

Carolyn Foundation
1917 Logan Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Phone: (612) 596-3266
Fax: (612) 979-2670

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Iowa;   Minnesota;   North Dakota;   South Dakota;   Wisconsin