Environment Program - Advancing Climate Change Solutions

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

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Grant amount: US $15,000 - US $1,000,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: College / University Nonprofit Indigenous Group Government Entity

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Afghanistan; Albania; Algeria; Angola; Argentina Show all

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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Note: While we’re open to new ideas and projects, funding for unsolicited requests is very limited.

Environment -  Advancing Climate Change Solutions

We work to increase the use of clean energy in our home state of Michigan and internationally, where more than 1 billion people in developing countries lack access to electricity.

Renewable energy can help power the world, reduce the impacts of climate change and transform communities.

How it Works

We support practical solutions that increase the use of clean energy at the community level — in developing countries as well as our home state of Michigan. The Mott Foundation is working with partners in Michigan and abroad to help communities respond to the effects of global climate change. Our funding is made under two objectives: providing access to clean energy in developing countries and stimulating clean-energy use in Michigan.

Mott’s international work is focused on increasing the deployment of renewable energy systems in rural areas of developing countries, where more than 1 billion people lack access to electricity. We make grants to:

  • national and international NGOs, to create and nurture global and regional initiatives that help entrepreneurs address finance and policy barriers that prevent access to clean energy; and
  • national and regional organizations that provide technical assistance and networking opportunities to communities in the Amazon and Sub-Saharan Africa.

In Michigan, we seek increased use of energy-efficiency programs and renewable-energy technologies. We make grants to:

  • organizations that provide assistance to early adopters of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, primarily in small and medium-sized cities; and
  • organizations working statewide to provide networking opportunities, share lessons learned and address common barriers to the deployment of clean energy technologies.

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


  • Requirements for non-U.S. organizations: All correspondence must be in English and must be submitted by a charitable, educational or governmental organization.


  • No grants or loans to individuals.
  • No grants (except in the Flint area) for capital development, research, project replication or endowment unless these activities grow out of work already being funded by Mott.
  • No grants for religious activities or programs serving specific religious groups or denominations. However, faith-based organizations may submit inquiries if the project falls within our guidelines and serves a broad segment of the population.
  • No grants (except in the Flint area) for local projects unless they are part of a Mott-planned national demonstration or network of grants.
  • No grants for projects that duplicate, or significantly overlap, the work of federal, state or local governmental agencies.
  • Film and video projects, books, scholarships and fellowships rarely are funded.