INTRODUCTION TO CLIMATE FUND I
CIV:LAB is redefining philanthropy and shaping the role of community participation in achieving national climate goals through place-based grant-making. Our grant-making fund supports organizations working on technology, workforce development, and education solutions in the climate space. CIV:LAB currently supports initiatives in New York City and the state of Michigan, with additional U.S. locations to be added in 2023 and 2024.
We support organizations and programs that are prioritizing equity, environmental justice, and economic development through climate initiatives with unrestricted, one-time grants that range in size from $10,000 to $100,000.
- Community-based organizations
- Government programs and initiatives
- Academic programs and initiatives
Our Climate Fund selection process is a collaborative effort in partnership with local Advisory Committees with climate expertise, deep knowledge of local community perspectives, and connections to local climate efforts. These Advisory Committees represent various ecosystems and help select grantees to receive CIV:LAB funding.
Inclusive and Distributive Decision-Making
Local advisory committees help guide decision-making and grant-making allocation. In doing so, CIV:LAB is:
- Making use of existing local ecosystems
- 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
Support the Climate Fund: Open Call
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.
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