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CIV:LAB’s Climate Fund awards unrestricted one-time grants to organizations working on place-based climate solutions. We specifically support projects and programs that focus on education, workforce development, and technology in the climate space. By equipping people with the knowledge, skills, and solutions to tackle climate change, we can ensure a sustained positive impact together.

CIV:LAB currently supports initiatives in New York City, the state of Michigan, and Los Angeles, with additional U.S. locations to be added in 2024.

Our Process

Who We Support
We support organizations and programs that are prioritizing equity, environmental justice, and economic development through their climate initiatives.

  • Nonprofits/NGOs
  • Community-based organizations 
  • Government programs and initiatives
  • Academic programs and initiatives
  • Startups

Grant Amounts
Our grantees receive unrestricted, one-time grants that range in size from $10,000 to $100,000.

Inclusive and Distributive Decision-Making

Our Climate Fund selection process is a collaborative effort in partnership with local Additional Reviewers and Advisory Committees with climate expertise, deep knowledge of local community perspectives, and connections to local climate efforts.

  • Additional Reviewers provide valuable insight into evaluating grant applications with consideration for the social, economic, and environmental impact of the proposed initiatives.
  • Advisory Committees represent various local communities and areas of climate expertise and experience, and determine the final distribution of CIV:LAB funding.

Local advisory committees help guide decision-making and grant-making allocation. In doing so, CIV:LAB is:

  • Making use of existing local climate communities
  • Encouraging cross-sector collaboration
  • Building connections across and within local communities
  • Developing long-term, transformative change
  • Supporting a variety of organizations as they scale efforts

Where We Are

Los Angeles

Coming Soon

Support the Climate Fund: Open Call

Advisory Committee Members

CIV:LAB recruits Advisory Committee members to represent ecosystems they are part of while guiding CIV:LAB Climate Fund decision-making. Members will be local climate leaders who will use their expertise and credibility to champion climate initiatives and support impact-driven climate action through grant-making with CIV:LAB. 

Members of the Advisory Committee will provide CIV:LAB with diverse knowledge of community perspectives, connections to local climate efforts, and guidance on strategy for the Climate Fund’s future endeavors.

We are currently recruiting advisory committee members for the Los Angeles Climate Fund. If you’re interested in participating, please complete the Interest Form below.

Additional Reviewers

CIV:LAB recruits people who are interested in serving as community reviewers of grant proposals submitted for the Climate Fund. Additional reviewers read and evaluate grant applications in their technical or impact area of expertise. We are asking reviewers to commit to reading 10 applications over two grant cycles.

We are currently recruiting community reviewers for the Los Angeles Climate Fund. If you’re interested in participating, please complete the Interest Form below.

Join the Movement:
Fund Local Climate Action

Philanthropy is falling behind as the devastating effects of the climate crisis accelerate. In 2020, less than 2% of all donations went to environmental groups.

Even as funders begin to shift their attention to climate action, the processes and networks that deploy those resources have not adapted to the urgency of the situation. While this existential threat to humanity is global in scale, progress must begin at the local level.

That’s where CIV:LAB comes in. The mission of our organization is to fund local climate action, bringing benefits that will radiate across social and geographic boundaries, because meaningful climate action demands environmental justice.

Don’t let the climate crisis win. Become a funder for a community climate organization now.

Become a Funder

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 refer to the document linked below.

Grantseeker Information

Steps to Apply

The CIV:LAB Climate Fund is currently accepting applications for funding in Los Angeles County.

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.

Los Angeles

Applications for the first round of grant-making in Los Angeles are now open.

Support for Grantees

Beyond funding: empowering grantees to thrive

In addition to financial support through grants, our grantees participate in local platforms that support climate infrastructure. CIV:LAB’s Climate Co-Labs connect local stakeholders, offer guiding roadmaps for products or growth, and facilitate convenings between local changemakers. CIV:LAB Climate Co-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.

Supporting Local Urban Action

As the devastating impacts of climate change accelerate, persistent gaps in our civic and social infrastructure have widened, limiting the potential of local climate action. CIV:LAB believes in starting in the middle by funding and supporting solutions addressing climate change at the local level. CIV:LAB is rooted in its values — local collaboration, social and climate innovation, and just systems. Our projects embody those standards by encouraging community engagement, championing social justice, and moving communities towards more resilient, sustainable living.

CIV:LAB launched in 2019 in New York City, in partnership with New York City Economic Development Corporation and quickly expanded to Detroit in 2020, working closely with TechTown and Wayne State University. Our work has focused on urban innovation, social justice, and public health, but always with an eye towards improving environmental sustainability and resilience. With the impact of climate change growing more dire each year, we saw that local infrastructure lacked the support necessary to protect local communities. So, we launched Climate Fund I to connect initiatives to support and resources that can have an impact.



Smart Cities New York:

SCNY is North America’s leading global conference for innovators and decision-makers who are improving life in the cities of tomorrow.

BID Data Portal Project:

A data portal to give NYC BIDs access ground-level intelligence about their commercial districts and neighborhoods.

The Grid:

The Grid builds connective tissue between the diverse – and inspired – stakeholders that make urban tech happen in NYC.

Detroit Urban Solutions:

CIV:LAB and TechTown Detroit collaborated to launch Detroit Urban Solutions. By harnessing and leveraging local and global resources, CIV:LAB bolsters Detroit’s tech economy by creating connections in the urban technology ecosystem.

Response Lab:

The “NYC Response Lab” at Cornell Tech is a joint initiative with CIV:LAB and the NYCEDC to identify community-level COVID-19 related problems and to deploy internally-created tech solutions to help New York City people/communities, businesses and agencies recover from the COVID-19 crisis.


Simon Sylvester-Chaudhuri
Founder & Executive Director
Vijayta Rao Narang
Climate Fund Program Manager
Allison Lucas
Chief of Staff and MI:LAB Assistant Director
Alex Bell
Climate Co-Labs Manager
Emily Dabish Yahkind
MI:LAB Advisor
Jay Taparia
Finance Director
Diane Barthélemy
Creative Lead
William Davies
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Director
Laura Nuyen
Platform Developer
Liz Sisson
Climate Fund Advisor
Raj Pannu
Senior Creative Advisor
Abby Conger
Senior Creative Advisor
Ahmanni Recchi
Climate Fellow

An innovative grantmaking network that channels global funds and resources directly to community climate initiatives


Local solutions are needed to address the climate crisis but are disproportionately underfunded. That’s where we come in. CIV:LAB leverages global capital to connect community stakeholders with the resources and funding required to launch bold responses to the threats of the climate crisis. We do this through a two pillar approach to help scale place-based climate efforts:

The Climate Fund supports initiatives that advance environmental justice and economic and social equity through workforce development, education, and innovative climate technology.

Co-Labs are local networks of change makers, including Climate Fund grantees that collaborate to address pressing climate issues facing their communities.

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