We believe that ambitious, rural-centric, climate grantmaking is needed now more than ever. That’s why our grant program is designed to provide critical funding and resources to grantees that are taking practical, community-focused and innovative actions to implement equitable climate solutions in rural America.
Enabling our grantees to focus on driving meaningful change in rural communities is paramount at Rural Climate Partnership. With the combined strength of pooled resources from foundations & donors, we offer general operating and project support grants to bolster the work of rural-led and rural-serving organizations. Our funding typically ranges from $20,000 to $100,000 for projects and from $75,000 to $150,000 for general operating support.
We fund with the intention of cultivating and maintaining lasting relationships with our grantees. We’re committed to building trust through transparency, accountability, consistency, and collaboration at every stage. We strive to engage grantees as trusted partners, recognizing them as the community and issue experts they are.
what we fund
- Organizations that are nonprofits, public agencies, religious organizations or tribal governments
- Organizations with rural leadership, based in rural communities, and directly serving or targeting rural areas, small towns and small cities under 50-thousand within one or more of the following priority states: AK, AZ, CO, GA, IA, IL, IN, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NM,PA, VA, WI, WV
- We occasionally fund organizations outside of our priority states who demonstrate strong alignment with our grantmaking goals and have the potential to make a significant impact in rural areas
- National organizations that have a distinct rural focus and are actively engaged in addressing critical rural issues
- Funding requests that support long-standing organizations or that scale up new organizations
What we don’t fund
- Organizations based outside of the U.S or international funding projects
- Grants to individuals or scholarships for personal use, capital campaigns (e.g. to buy a building) or endowments
- Organizations that discriminate by race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation or national origin
- Organizations or projects with an urban focus or impact, or those primarily serving areas with a population above 50,000