What We Fund
We provide project-based seed funding to help nonprofit or academic organizations pilot projects that have the potential to deliver game-changing, scientifically sound responses to the global climate emergency. We generally have one open funding opportunity at a time; we consider Letters of Inquiry outside open funding opportunities, but encourage applicants to match their proposals with our current focus area.
Typical grant size is between $10,000-50,000. In addition to this 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). Eligible projects will be fully planned and ready for a proof-of-concept pilot.
Note: Individuals and organizations with a compelling project may also partner with a nonprofit organization as a fiscal sponsor.
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.
Grantees will be expected to report back to the CO2 Foundation on the delivery of project objectives after 6, 12, and 18 months.