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.

Letters of Inquiry 

As an initial approach to the Foundation, prospective applicants may complete an online letter of inquiry. The electronic form will require the following information:

  • A description of the organization’s mission and core activities
  • A description of the program(s) and/or activities for which support is requested, including objectives and population served
  • Organization budget and program budget (if applicable)
  • Most recent audited financial statement
  • A list of organizational or programmatic funding sources
  • A copy of the organization's IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt form


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:

  • A narrative of seven to ten pages describing your organization, its history and mission, and the program(s) and/or activities for which funding is requested
  • Organization budget and program budget (if applicable)
  • Most recent audited financial statement
  • IRS certification of 501(c)(3) status
  • Complete list of income sources, including grant amounts and restrictions
  • Board of Directors list
  • Organization staff chart


Letters of inquiry are accepted an ongoing basis through our online application system.

Funding agency: 
Bernard F. and Alva B. Gimbel Foundation
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