Clean Energy Program

The John Merck Fund

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Grant amount: US $2,000 - US $400,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research, General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island Show all

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



JMF has been promoting a national transition to clean energy for over twenty years, but for the last decade, we have focused exclusively on making the New England region a clean energy leader and model for the rest of the country.

The world’s scientists agree: the climate is changing and humankind is largely responsible. Global temperature increases over the last century resulting from the use of fossil fuels have already begun to impact the ecosystems that support life on Earth. We’ve seen increasingly severe droughts in some places, intense floods in others and rising sea levels along our coasts, all of which threaten the communities in which we live and the environments that support us.

Our goals are to reduce New England’s greenhouse gas emissions 20% by 2022, put the region on a trajectory to reduce emissions 80% by 2050, and in so doing, build a clean energy economy that makes New England a leader on climate solutions.

This will require a complete reimagining of the way our region produces and uses energy.  To achieve these goals JMF is supporting efforts to:

  • Close New England’s remaining coal-fired power plants and minimize the expansion of other fossil fuels such as natural gas to ensure they are used as a complement to renewable energy;
  • Secure state and regional policies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and dramatically increasing investments in energy efficiency and clean energy;
  • Modernize the electric power system to incentivize clean energy and facilitate consumer choice;
  • Accelerate large-scale adoption of electric vehicles and the infrastructure to support them; and
  • Support state and regional efforts to establish a price on carbon in order to build momentum toward a federal carbon pricing policy.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • To be eligible, organizations must have a 501(c)(3) tax exempt status, and tax classification under Section 509(a), confirming that the organization is publicly supported.
  • General support is only awarded for very small organizations.


  • The Fund favors:
    • Outstanding individuals working on promising projects in organizations that may have difficulty attracting funds;
    • Pilot projects with potential for widespread application;
    • Advocacy or litigation capable of setting or protecting important precedents;
    • Smaller organizations and startups;
    • One-year grant requests (though multiyear grants of up to three years occasionally are made); and
    • Matching-grant opportunities, particularly to help broaden support for fledgling initiatives.


  • The Fund does not provide grants for: 
    • Endowment or capital-fund projects;
    • Large organizations with well-established funding sources, unless they are launching new initiatives with limited funding opportunities;
    • General support, except for very small organizations;
    • Individuals, unless their work is supported by a scientific, educational or charitable organization; and
    • Artistic projects.