Climate Grant Program
The Climate Grants Program provides grant awards ranging from $500 to $5,000 (USD) for projects that engage communities in preparing for and responding to climate change impacts, including engagement in decision-making that takes climate change impacts into account.
- Climate Grant Application are due on May 31, 2013.
- Before submitting a Climate Grant Application, please contact Freshwater Future staff Ann Baughman to talk through your proposal.
- Attendance at a Cimate Symposium is strongly encoraged to help applicants develop a successful proposal. Attend an upcoming symposium.
Click here to determine your eligibility.
Special Detroit Climate Opportunity: March 31, 2013
Entire Great Lakes Basin: May 31, 2013
Priority Funding Areas for Climate Grants:
The following program areas direct Freshwater Future’s grant making for the Spring and Fall 2013 funding cycles. Projects to protect and restore shorelines, inland lakes, rivers, and wetlands in the Great Lakes Basin under the following strategic program areas will be considered:
- Projects to protect and restore wetlands;
- On-the-ground restoration activities that incorporate climate adaptation and include an action component to create permanent change (a small amount of funding for this area);
- Advocating for low-impact solutions to community storm water problems;
- Participation in land use planning and zoning that includes climate related considerations;
- Participation in watershed planning to introduce climate related components;
- Watch-dogging and participating in the development, implementation, and enforcement of local, state, provincial, and federal aquatic habitat protection regulations as they relate to climate;
- Advocating for naturally functioning river and coastal ecosystems;
- Reducing polluted runoff; and
- Launching special initiatives or creating unique opportunities to strengthen citizen involvement in aquatic habitat protection and restoration related to climate adaptation.
Climate Project Examples:
· Creating or protecting shaded stream corridors or reducing urban area “hot spots” in or around aquatic habitat areas.
· Protecting drinking water sources from the impacts of climate change (e.g. by promoting water conservation)
· Influencing Permit Decisions that protect areas vulnerable to harsh weather patterns such as wetlands, groundwater recharge areas and stream corridors
· Encouraging local regulations that reduce the vulnerability of your community to climate impacts
· Educating and Advocating to those in your area about why and how to develop a climate resilient community.