Strategic Climate Change Grantmaking

Increased Funding for Climate Change, Clean Energy, and Equity Issues in Minnesota

Carolyn Foundation believes 2023 provides a unique and critical opportunity to make significant progress on climate, clean energy, and equity issues in Minnesota. In coordination with Energy Foundation and other funders, Carolyn Foundation has worked quickly to identify and support organizations whose participation in the 100% Campaign is critical to its success:

These grants are part of Carolyn Foundation’s increased funding of over $1,000,000 in 2023 for Climate Change efforts in Minnesota. According to 2023 results, Carolyn Foundation may make additional special grants for climate change efforts over the next 2-3 years.

Strategic Climate Change Grantmaking History

In 2004 Carolyn Foundation was one of 24 charter members of RE-AMP. The RE-AMP Network has grown to over 175 nonprofits and foundations across eight Midwestern states working on climate change and energy policy with the goal of reducing global warming pollution economy-wide 80% by 2050. This process began with a detailed systems mapping project to identify priorities and align collective action.

Carolyn Foundation’s responsive grantmaking guidelines have supported the shared RE-AMP goal since the network was formed. In 2017, we realized we could make a greater impact by funding a few key RE-AMP partners for an extended period of time. Several past grantees were invited to respond to an RFP for multi year funding. The grant recipients were: CURE (Clean Up The River Environment); Fresh Energy; and ELPC (Environmental Law & Policy Center). This cohort of strategic climate change grantees, along with others leading the way on climate change, developed into our Core Climate Change Partners.