What We Fund
CO2 Foundation provides support for grantee organizations offering scientifically sound, potentially game-changing responses to the global climate emergency. We fund projects whose results are to become publicly available and contribute to broad awareness and preparedness within their target audiences. We do not fund projects whose goal is private gain.
The Foundation generally has one open funding opportunity at a time; we do consider Letters of Inquiry outside open funding opportunities, but encourage applicants to match their proposals with our current focus area.
Our typical grant size is between $25,000-100,000; we are open to considering applications for projects outside of this range. Funded projects may last from 6 to 18 months.
In addition to providing funding, CO2 Foundation supports grantees by helping to forge connections to other innovators and offering a platform for increased visibility.
Who Should Apply
Funding is available to nonprofit organizations that are registered as a U.S. 501(c)(3). Individuals and organizations with a compelling project may also partner with a nonprofit organization as a fiscal sponsor. Eligible projects will be fully planned and ready to execute as soon as funding is released.
Grant Proposal Process
The CO2 Foundation accepts letters of inquiry (LOIs) on a rolling basis. Full proposals are by invitation only.
If you have a project that is a strong match for our funding priorities, please use our letter of inquiry form below to tell us about it.
Note that the form requires a PDF overview of your project. We recommend preparing that response prior to completing the form as your progress on the form will not be saved if you need to come back to it later.
What You Can Expect
All LOIs will be reviewed within 45 days, and applicants will receive a written notice of the outcome.
Successful LOIs will result in an invitation to submit a full proposal, including a detailed budget, project timeline, additional information about the organization (including equal opportunity policies), and robust project description. LOIs are screened in-house, and full proposals go through an external review process.
Grantees will be expected to report back to the CO2 Foundation on the delivery of project objectives at the midpoint and conclusion of their project.