Environment Initiative Grants

Roy A. Hunt Foundation

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Next deadline: Jan 18, 2022 (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: Jun 20, 2022 (Letter of inquiry)

Grant amount: US $25,000 - US $75,000

Fields of work: Renewable/Sustainable Energy Waste Management Environmental Economics Environmental Health Freshwater Conservation Marine/Ocean Conservation Environmental Contamination & Pollution Sanitation & Clean Drinking Water Water Resource Management Climate Change Resilience Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach, Research

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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Roy A. Hunt Foundation

In the early 1900s, Roy A. Hunt worked his way up from mill clerk to president of Alcoa, the company his father helped found. After establishing The Hunt Foundation in 1951, he established the Roy A. Hunt Foundation in 1966 as an endowed resource so that future generations could be involved in charitable giving as a family. (The foundations merged in 1994).

Three generations of Hunt family members now serve as trustees, continuing the Foundation’s mission of supporting organizations that strive to improve the quality of life. The Foundation annually grants $3 million in the United States, primarily through proposals invited by the trustees and through the Foundation’s special initiatives.


Vision: Living in Harmony

We envision a natural environment that is understood and respected as a web of interconnections of which human beings are a part, where people live in harmony within the Earth’s ecological systems, where biodiversity is preserved as an integral component of economic and technological progress, and where human impact on Earth serves to maintain sustainable processes.


To protect natural resources and ecosystems in the United States, we support sustainable solutions to altering root causes of environmental damage and encourage education for consumers and decisionmakers.


To promote strategic activities that create incentives for environmentally responsible decisions in the private sector.


Climate and Energy – To reduce the consequences of climate change in the United States, primarily through:

  • Increasing the affordability and use of cleaner and renewable energy sources, and
  • Reducing demand for carbon-intensive energy sources and carbon-intensive goods and services

Toxics and Waste – To reduce damage to the environment and human health caused by the manufacture, use, and disposal of consumer and industrial products. Typical strategies include green chemistry, sustainable design, sustainable manufacturing, and product stewardship.

Clean Water – To protect and restore the quality of freshwater, coastal, and nearby oceanic areas of the United States.

Types of Foundation Support

The Environment Committee will consider grant requests of between $25,000 and $75,000 for specific projects or programs that improve the environment at a multi-state, national, and/or systems level. Typical costs funded include project management, contracted services, education and outreach programs, applied research, and innovations that could lead to public policy solutions.

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


  • The Foundation supports United States-based organizations with a current 501(c)(3) status. 


  • The Foundation prefers strategies that:
    • Promote incentives and other private sector economic levers to encourage environmentally responsible decisions
    • Encourage compatibility between environmental protection, economic development, and technical innovations
    • Create opportunities for collaborative, cross-sector problem-solving; including action plans, certifications, and assessment tools
    • Create methods for individuals and community groups to be better environmental stewards


  • The Committee will not consider proposals for:
    • Capital projects and easements
    • Local watersheds, conservancies, and land trusts
    • Grants that directly affect specific legislative decisions


This page was last reviewed September 10, 2021 and last updated June 30, 2021