Energy Foundation

Posted by on July 14, 2008

Energy Foundation Offers Funding for Policy Programs to Address Energy Problems

Deadline: Open

The Energy Foundation ( is a partnership of major donors interested in solving the world’s energy problems. The foundation’s mission is to advance energy efficiency and renewable energy — essential components of a clean energy future.

The foundation’s primary role is as a grantmaker, providing resources to the institutions that most effectively leverage change. The foundation also takes direct action, such as commissioning papers or convening meetings, to address unmet needs.

The foundation’s geographic focus is the United States and China, with special emphasis on regional initiatives. The foundation makes grants in the areas of Power, Building, Transportation, and Climate. Generally, the foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations classified as 501(c)(3) public charities. The foundation is unable to make grants directly to individuals does not support local projects, unless they have been consciously designed for further replication or have broad regional or national implications. The foundation also is unable to fund the research and development of technology (e.g., funds to develop hybrid automobiles or commercialization of an invention).

The foundation’s board of directors meets three times a year (the first week of March, the third week of June, and the first week of November). The foundation accepts proposals on a continuous basis. There are no specific deadlines. In order to consider a proposal for inclusion in a specific docket, the foundation needs  to receive proposals approximately twelve weeks in advance of the next board meeting.

Visit the Energy Foundation Web site for specific information on the foundation’s funding priorities and application procedures.

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