Environment Program: Climate and Energy Grant

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit College / University

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

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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Climate change is the defining issue of our day. It is an urgent global crisis that affects every problem philanthropy seeks to solve, whether it’s improving health, alleviating poverty, reducing famine, promoting peace, or advancing social justice. To safeguard human health and the environment, the Hewlett Foundation supports work to ensure that energy sources are clean and efficient, and that global average temperature rise does not exceed 2° Celsius.

Our grantmaking focuses on six sectors where large emission reductions are possible: clean power, oil, efficiency, forests, non-CO2 greenhouse gases, and cross-cutting efforts. We concentrate on regions that are or will be the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions: developed countries with high energy demand, and developing countries with fast-growing energy demand or high deforestation rates.

Clean power: Reduce carbon emissions, increase renewable energy and efficiency, and accelerate the global transition from fossil fuels to clean energy.

Oil: Increase zero-emissions technologies in both passenger and freight transport, improve use and quality of public transit, and increase shared-use transportation, biking and walking options in cities while reducing use of oil for transportation.

Energy efficiency: Promote energy efficiency across the board – in buildings, in national standards, household appliances, large-scale projects, and in industries.

Non-CO2 forcers: Phase out potent non-carbon greenhouse gases – such as fluorinated gases, especially hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) – that cause rapid climate change, and promote solutions that minimize greenhouse gas emissions.

Forests and land use: Promote the protection of the world’s largest forests, which absorb carbon emissions and help to counteract climate change, recognize the land rights of indigenous peoples, and reduce destructive land-use practices.

Finance: Increase capital investments in low-carbon technologies that promote climate solutions and incorporate climate risk into financial decision making to reflect the true costs of climate change.

    Our Approach

    • The vast majority of the grants we make are to organizations that work on policy development because we think policy change provides the greatest opportunity to reach our goals.
    • We pursue our strategies with focus on engaging the people and organizations most needed to achieve our goals. An important aspect of this approach is building a broad base of support among those not traditionally involved in environmental protection.
    • We are outcome focused and whenever possible use quantitative metrics to track progress toward goals.
    • When there is a high degree of alignment between our goals and those of a grantee, we often will provide general operating support rather than project support.
    • In some cases, we provide support to develop the organizational health and efficiency of our grantees.

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    • Our climate and energy grantmaking is global.
      • Our grants for clean transportation mainly support work in China, Mexico, Brazil, and the United States.
    • Our grants may be used to support public education, nonpartisan research and analysis, and permissible policy-related activities. 


    • We fund the fast majority of our Climate and Energy strategy works through large grants to organizations like the ClimateWorks Foundation and the Energy Foundation, which in turn make smaller grants to a variety of organizations. 


    • The Foundation does not earmark its funds for IRS-defined lobbying activities, which is prohibited by federal law.

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