Process and Requirements

Grantee Requirements

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. We are 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 the cities/states that the application is open in. Ideally, the organization will also be headquartered in that city/state.
  • Prioritizing equity, environmental justice, and/or economic development.

For additional grantee requirements, please visit this document.

Steps to Apply

The CIV:LAB Climate Fund is active in New York City and Michigan. Details about applying in additional locations will be announced at a later date.

After submission, the CIV:LAB team and Advisory Committee might follow up for additional information. Our goal is to get back to all applicants within three months of their submission.


Review the Grantee Requirements for your city/state above to see if you qualify.


Attend one of the FAQ webinars.


Sign up and fill out the entire application.

New York

Applications for the second round of grant-making in New York are now closed.

Check back for information on future application rounds.



Applications for the first round of grant-making in Michigan are now closed. 

Check back for information on future application rounds.

Beyond funding: empowering grantees to thrive

In addition to financial support through grants, our grantees will participate in local platforms that support climate infrastructure. The CIV:LAB CLIMATE:LABS provide support by making introductions to potential customers or investors, guiding roadmaps for products or growth, and facilitating stakeholder convenings. CIV:LAB CLIMATE:LABS are made up of climate innovators, community leaders, and city-specific stakeholders aimed at improving local collaboration and adding to the “climate economy” through local projects.


Grantees will be expected to respond to minimal impact-related reporting requirements or discussions during their one-year grant period. Grantees are expected to dedicate no more than 10 hours of impact reporting or discussions over the course of their grant period.