Environmental Grantmaking Program at EFA

Educational Foundation of America

Grant amount: US $20,000 - US $300,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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The Educational Foundation of America (EFA) is a family foundation. It was established in 1959 to preserve the lifelong altruistic commitment of its founders, Richard Prentice Ettinger and his wife, Elsie P. Ettinger.

Today, decedents of the founder in generations three and four lead the Foundation. Together, they direct efforts to fund nonprofits working on efforts related to Creative Placemaking, Climate, Democracy, and Reproductive Health and Justice. Much of our work is focused in the Appalachian region of the United States, as well as the South and the Pacific Northwest. 

Our grants are typically for general operating support and for more than one year. EFA believes in building the capacity of our partners and will support efforts to do so. As active impact investors, EFA is also committed to activating our endowment to align with our grantmaking goals. 

Environment Program

EFA’s Environment Program seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, with a focus on state-based organizations working to transition to a clean energy economy. The Program has major initiatives, described below.

Solar Power

Our Solar Power Initiative focuses on increasing solar deployment in Texas and Florida—two states with huge solar potential and, combined, less installed solar than Massachusetts. Current grantee partners are highlighted below. We do not have any open funding opportunities in this area. 

Carbon Pricing

Our Carbon Pricing Initiative works with partners in Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington who are working to put a price on carbon emissions and ensure that polluters pay for the true cost of those emissions. Greenhouse gas emissions create externalities that are not fully accounted for in most business models. A price on carbon (along with other greenhouse gases, including methane) would correct this market failure.

Coal Ash

Our Coal Ash Initiative supports our partners who grantee partners who seek to hold utilities responsible for their waste stream through litigation, advocacy, and policy work. increases the cost of dirty energy by forcing utilities to internalize externalities and pay the true cost of burning coal. Coal ash is the toxic byproduct of burning coal for energy and, without proper regulation, ends up in our nation’s waterways, sickening local residents and poisoning communities’ drinking water supply. 

Submit an Idea to the Environment Program

EFA’s Environment Committee welcomes project and program ideas that will help to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy, accessible to all. We are interested in innovative ideas that require collaboration, especially those that bridge climate and democracy. 

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


  • Note that in order to receive funding from EFA, your organization must be a 501(c)3 public charity, academic institution, or a government entity.

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