ABOUT US

ABOUT US

our goals

 

The Rural Climate Partnership is a funding collaborative rooted in rural America. RCP provides grantmaking, technical assistance, capacity-building resources, and narrative infrastructure to:

1

Strengthen rural economies through clean energy and agriculture transitions that improve rural peoples’ lives and help them save money

2

Advance locally-led climate solutions that reduce rural carbon emissions and mitigate air and water pollution at their source

3

Deliver equitable benefits from climate investments, especially in rural communities of color that face, or have faced, environmental injustices

4

Transform climate narratives to center opportunity, shared economic prosperity, and rural leadership

Two installers putting solar panels on a pitched roof.

OUR APPROACH

 

 

 

 

OUR APPROACH

Rural America’s challenges will not be fixed overnight or solved with strategies imported from the cities or the Coasts. Only long-term collaboration, locally-led initiatives, and a real understanding of how rural communities work will help hard-working rural people, small businesses, and family farmers flourish. This truth guides our work.

The Rural Climate Partnership is 100% focused on rural America in its climate work. We utilize a place-based, sustainable job and economic development strategy to empower our rural communities to protect what we love about where we live. We’re in the business of creating bright spots, lifting up rural leaders, and preparing the ground for transformative progress.

Through grantmaking, technical assistance, and shared learning, we center the resilience and leadership of rural communities. Every family in America — no matter where we live — should have the opportunity and tools to build a good life. We point to the possible by telling rural stories of success and creating real partnerships.

OUR WORK

Our roadmap includes four core investment priorities and five supportive investments

 


CORE INVESTMENT AREAS

 

 

Clean Energy

Supporting clean energy deployment, utility-scale clean energy siting, and rural electric cooperative reform to  save rural communities money and create jobs with reliable energy

Regenerative Agriculture

Advancing climate-smart farming, forestry, and ranching practices that stabilize crop yields, support family farms, and make our food system more nutritious and resilient 

Electrification & Efficiency

Expanding rural energy efficiency and electrification initiatives that improve energy use and reduce energy and transportation costs for rural homes, small businesses, and drivers

SUPPORTIVE INVESTMENT AREAS

Resilience

Improving the resilience of rural communities to reduce impacts of extreme weather events

Workforce Development

Creating rural and place-based, sustainable job and economic development opportunities

Just Transition

Supporting rural communities to move towards diversified and
non-extractive economies

PRIORITY STATES

RCP’s work seek to benefit rural communities nationally.
However, to maximize the impact of our place-based grantmaking, we focus on the following states.

 

 

TIER 1

  • Arizona
  • New Mexico
  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • Michigan
  • Pennsylvania
  • North Carolina
  • Georgia

TIER 2

  • Alaska
  • Colorado
  • Montana
  • Iowa
  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Maine
  • West Virginia
  • Virginia
 

 

 

TIER 1

Arizona

New Mexico

Minnesota

Wisconsin

Michigan

Pennsylvania

North Carolina

Georgia

TIER 2

Alaska

Colorado

Montana

Iowa

Missouri

Illinois

Indiana

Maine

West Virginia

Virginia

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