New fund to offer grants to groups working on energy
Published 1:01 am, Thursday, March 25, 2010
Community groups seeking funding for energy, sustainability and climate-related projects now have a new source of funding.
Clean Air-Cool Planet, the leading nonprofit devoted exclusively to solutions to climate change, is accepting applications for its Community Catalyst Fund at www.cleanair-coolplanet.org/for_communities. The fund offers grants of $250 to $5,000.
"Too often, groups of citizens with good ideas and the desire to make a difference reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in communities are stymied in their efforts for lack of a little money," said Adam Markham, CEO and President at Clean Air-Cool Planet, which has offices here and in Portsmouth, N.H. and Washington, D.C.
"Our goal is to see that those small financial hurdles can be overcome, allowing groups to move forward with projects and programs that will bring much greater rewards to their communities," Markham said.
With funding from The Overbrook Foundation, the Community Catalyst Fund will accept applications from groups in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York, focused on improving the environmental sustainability, health and economic well-being of their communities.
The fund will consider projects aimed at energy use reduction, public engagement and the promotion of environmental stewardship, offering grants mainly in the $250 to $2,500 range per project; in rare cases, the Fund may award up to $5,000.
There are no deadlines for grant submission; proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
"We are particularly interested in applications from small towns and underserved communities," Markham said, noting that the Fund will "give preference to applications that can demonstrate they will lead to real advances in community sustainability and energy solutions."
Funds will be granted one project at a time, and those applying can only do so once in every six-month period, regardless of whether they receive an award.
"We are seeing a tremendous groundswell of activity at the community level," Markham said. "We have seen that many local groups share the common goal of improving the environment, health and economic well-being of their communities by reducing wasteful energy and resource consumption, and we are eager to help keep this grassroots, bottom-up effort moving."