Rural leaders can and will unlock the prosperity flowing from clean energy and regenerative agriculture for the benefit of their communities. The Rural Climate Partnership provides hometowns across America with the tools they need to accelerate climate solutions and build healthy local economies.
As a funding collaborative 100% focussed on rural America, the Rural Climate Partnership utilizes a place-based, sustainable job and economic development strategy to empower our 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 grant-making and best-practices sharing, we center the resilience and economic prosperity 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 for forging progress.
Major Areas of Work:
Our road map to progress includes the following core areas of work:
Accelerate clean energy deployment by supporting rural electric cooperatives and enabling small towns and local residents to save money with reliable renewable energy.
Expand regenerative agriculture and other climate-smart farming, forestry, and ranching practices that stabilize crop yields, support family farmers, and make our food system more nutritious and resilient.
Support narrative-shifting programs and combat misinformation by elevating the voices of local leaders embracing clean energy and regenerative agriculture.
Ensure state and federal climate funding benefits rural communities through technical assistance and local advocacy.
Our supportive strategies include:
Support availability of electric vehicles amongst residents of rural/small towns to reduce fuel costs and gasoline reliance.
Reduce energy costs and emissions via energy efficiency and electrification initiatives.
Reduce climate disaster impacts and spur action to create resilient communities.
Support communities in transitional economies to move away from extractive industries and towards diversified economies.
Create place-based, sustainable job, and economic development strategies.