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Grants to Michigan Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, and Startups for Initiatives to Address Climate Change

Climate Fund I

GrantWatch ID# 206543
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
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Geographic Focus
USA: Michigan

Important Dates
Conference Date: 01/11/23
Deadline: 01/25/23

Grant Description
Grants to Michigan nonprofit organizations, government agencies, academic institutions, and startup companies for activities that address climate change. Funding is intended to support the expansion of currently existing programs and projects in the areas of climate education, workforce development, and technology. Requests will be accepted from qualifying organizations that prioritize equity, environmental justice, and/or economic development through climate-related initiatives.

Priority Funding Areas:

Climate Education: Organizations or initiatives working to provide knowledge, skills, and/or values that lead to beha- vior, systems, or infrastructure change in reference to climate change. This could include academic pro- grams, community engagement, public awareness campaigns, or activism initiatives related to climate.

Climate Workforce Development: Organizations or initiatives that are working on creating and supporting quality climate jobs or training across generations. This could include training initiatives, systems change, placement programs, network building, retention programs, new skill development programs, etc.

Climate Technology: Organizations or initiatives working on or creating technology that actively aids in climate mitigation, adaptation, and resilience. This includes hardware, software, or service-related efforts in industries such as clean energy, built environment, food, and water, waste reduction, crisis response, clean transportation infrastructure, etc.

Three Primary Areas of Impact: Environment, Economy, and Society. For details on each of these areas of impact, please see p. 12 of the Grantseeker Information pdf listed in Supporting Documents below. 

CIV:LAB will be funding initiatives that have demonstrated some traction and are iterating on an existing program or solution. Funding is intended to support ideas that have proved some degree of impact and are looking to scale or increase impact.

About CIV:LAB: CIV:LAB is an innovative grantmaking network that channels global funds and resources directly to community climate initiatives. CIV:LAB aims to expand the clean energy workforce, educate future climate leaders, accelerate industrial decarbonization, and provide aid to the organizations that are taking action against the threats of climate change in their own communities.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
Qualified grantees include nonprofits/NGOs, community-based organizations, academic programs and initiatives, government programs and initiatives, and startups. The organizations should be:
- Iterating on an existing program or solution. CIV:LAB is hoping to fund ideas that have proved some degree of impact and are looking to scale or increase impact but are not at the ideas or maturity stages.
- USA-based, and serving communities in New York City. Ideally, the organization will also be headquartered in New York. (Additional locations will open later in 2022 and in 2023.)
- Prioritizing equity, environmental justice, and/or economic development.

CIV:LAB is looking to support organizations, programs, or initiatives that are related to climate change. The entire organization does not need to be a climate organization, but some efforts should be addressing climate change.

CIV:LAB will not fund organizations that are attempting to influence pending or proposed legislation, including referenda, ordinances, and resolutions. This also includes direct lobbying of legislators, politicians, and other government officials concerning specific legislation or campaigns aimed at influencing specific legislation. Non-partisan legislative analyses, studies, and/or research, which are educational in nature and available to the public, are acceptable.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Virtual Open House for CIV:LAB Climate Fund I - Michigan
Wed, Jan 11, 2023 7:00 PM IST

More information:

Pre-Application Information
- Open Applications: December 9, 2022
- Open House FAQ Webinar 1: December 1 at 12pm ET
- Open House FAQ Webinar 2: January 11 at 12pm ET
- Applications Close: January 25, 2023
- Notice to grantees: End of March 2023.

If you are unsure if your initiative qualifies please email the funding source or join an open house webinar.

Grantseekers will be asked to provide answers to a few questions to assess their eligibility, before submitting a full application.

Application process and requirements:

Estimated Size of Grant
Grants will range in size from $10,000 to $100,000.

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