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The Foundation supports efforts to address a range of environmental issues. Among these are initiatives aimed at combating climate change by reducing carbon emissions and increasing energy efficiency; ensuring access to clean air and water by preventing pollution and the use of toxic chemicals; and restoring the health of the oceans by promoting responsible fishing, fighting ocean pollution and preserving marine ecosystems. Funded organizations employ a variety of strategies including policy advocacy, litigation and other legal efforts, public education, grassroots campaigns, and market-based and economic incentives. Historically, the Foundation’s environmental funding has been focused on organizations whose efforts are national and international in scope. However, local initiatives to increase the sustainability and resiliency of New York City's built environment are also of interest.
As an initial approach to the Foundation, prospective applicants may complete an online letter of inquiry. The electronic form will require the following information:
At the request of the Foundation, full proposals may be submitted online after review of a letter of inquiry. New and renewal grantees will be emailed an access code and detailed instructions for online submission. Full grant proposals should include the following:
Letters of inquiry are accepted an ongoing basis through our online application system.