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Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits that Address Climate Change for Operating Support

Climate Change - Community-led Responsive Grant


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Geographic Focus
USA: Minnesota: Minnesota and the Indigenous Nations sharing the same geography

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/15/24 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $25,000 to Minnesota nonprofit organizations that address climate change to support operating expenses. Funding is intended to assist in efforts made by nonprofits to reduce the adverse effects of, and to adapt for, climate change. Priority will be given to organizations that are led by residents of rural communities, BIPOC residents, and by others most likely to be affected by climate change. Preference will be shown to organizations that explicitly address carbon reduction and community impact.

Carolyn Foundation’s highest environmental priority is addressing climate change as the most important issue affecting our world. The Foundation’s objective is to support aggressive & equitable carbon reduction between now and 2030 as the foundation for achieving net-zero carbon by 2050.

The Foundation focuses on the intersection of climate and communities and will make targeted investments in Minnesota to bring about systemic change. They want to support community-led efforts such as increasing energy efficiency, mobilizing community action, bringing community voice to policy tables, and collaborating with other climate advocacy groups to ensure the community impact and equity are designed into policy and administrative reform. 

The Foundation understands that some organizations may be multifaceted with climate and/or environment as one part of their priorities. The Carolyn Foundation hopes that through these grants, they can learn and build relationships to be better allies in the future.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The Foundation only funds organizations which are exempt from Federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and which are not classified as Private Foundations.

The Foundation will prioritize organizations explicitly addressing carbon reduction and community impact.

To support their voices leading at the intersection of climate, justice and clean energy progress, the Foundation will prioritize the following organizations:
- Climate and environment objectives are part of their priorities
- Leadership reflective of populations served with shared lived experiences
- Working to address climate and/or environment issues in 2024
- Annual budgets of less than ~ $1 million

Geography: Minnesota and the Indigenous Nations sharing the same geography

The Foundation generally does not make grants to:
- Individuals, political organizations or candidates, veterans’ organizations, fraternal societies or orders, nor does it support courtesy advertising, or respond to telephone solicitations.
- Religious organizations for religious purposes.
- Organizations in support of operations carried on in foreign countries.
- Federated fund drives, for the purpose of redistribution to those groups to which they make grants. The Foundation may on occasion, make grants to umbrella organizations for specific needs they may have as it relates to our funding priorities.
- Annual fund drives.
- Cover deficits already incurred.
- Organizations for one-time events such as conferences, seminars, fund-raiser events, dinners, or other such requests for contributions.

Organizations that prioritize other essential environmental issues, water, toxics, and food, and only tangentially impact climate, are unlikely to be funded.

Funding Restrictions:

Pre-Application Information
- Online application available: December 15, 2023
- Deadline: February 15, 2024
- Proposal review: February – April 2024
- Virtual Site Visits: TBD, anticipated 45-minutes each between February and April
- Decisions & Payment: May – June

If the grant deadline falls on a holiday or weekend, applications will be due no later than midnight the day after the weekend or holiday that is the deadline date.

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Estimated Size of Grant
Approximate Grant Size: $15,000 – $25,000

Term of Contract
These are one-year grants.

Contact Information

For questions, please contact:
Becky Erdahl, Executive Director

For technical support, please contact:
Gigi Finseth, Operations & Program Manager

Carolyn Foundation
729 N Washington Ave, Suite 600
Minneapolis, MN 55401 (map)
(612) 596-3266

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