Reducing CO2 Emissions Through Energy Efficiency and Carbon Pricing Grant

Merck Family Fund

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Next deadline: Jul 10, 2020 2:00pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: Jul 31, 2020 2:00pm PDT (Full proposal), Jan 10, 2021 2:00pm PST (Letter of inquiry), Jan 31, 2021 2:00pm PST (Full proposal)

Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $150,000

Fields of work: Energy Efficiency & Conservation

Applicant type: Nonprofit, College / University

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia Show all

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



The Merck Family Fund was established in 1954 by George W. Merck, President of Merck & Co., Inc.  He created the fund for two principal reasons: to do good with the resources acquired through the company’s success, and to create an opportunity to regularly bring family members together.


  • Restore and protect the natural environment and ensure a healthy planet for generations to come.

  • Strengthen the social fabric and the physical landscape of the urban community.

Program: Reducing CO2 Emissions Through Energy Efficiency and Carbon Pricing

Without a price on carbon emissions, the cheapest and fastest way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is through energy efficiency. The Fund’s strategy is to support efficiency policies and implementation efforts in the Northeast and Southeast. In the long run, it is still essential that a price be paid for carbon emissions. The Fund will therefore support the development of political and economic drivers at the state and federal level to establish or expand carbon pricing mechanisms.

Specifically, the Fund welcomes proposals that:

  • Advocate for residential and commercial codes and standards that result in measurable energy efficiencies.

  • Demonstrate financing models that create affordable capital for investments in efficiency.

  • Provide incentives or mandates that result in utility-based efficiency programs.

  • Engender bi-partisan study, design and acceptance of carbon pricing alternatives.

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


  • The Merck Family Fund contributes to tax-exempt organizations in the United States.


  • It does not support individuals, for-profit organizations, or candidates for political office.

  • The Fund does not generally support:

    • governmental organizations

    • academic research or books

    • Endowments

    • debt reduction

    • annual fund-raising campaigns

    • capital construction

    • purchase of equipment

    • the acquisition of land

    • video projects