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Frankenthaler Climate Initiative: Capital Projects to Reduce Emissions

Grant Amount: Up to $100,000
Deadline: March 15, 2024
Category: Climate Change,
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Launched by the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation in partnership with RMI and Environment and Culture Partners, the Frankenthaler Climate Initiative provides visual arts institutions with the support and guidance required to undertake ambitious sustainability and energy efficiency initiatives.

The $15 million initiative is the largest private national grantmaking program of its kind in the country supporting the assessment and implementation of energy-efficiency projects at art museums, non-collecting visual arts organizations, and art schools across the United States. The 2024 grant cycle extends the program’s impact by allowing nonprofit art events, such as biennials, to become eligible for grants for the first time.

Organizations are invited to submit applications for the 2024 grant cycle for the following categories:

Catalyst Grants: Will fund a simple stand-alone energy-efficiency project, such as at a small space or a first action at any site, and can include an additional award of in-project coaching of up to five hours. Grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded.

Scoping Grants: Will help institutions understand the energy-efficiency and clean energy opportunities at their facilities by conducting an assessment with an independent environmental engineer, building science specialist, or sustainability consultant. Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded.

Technical Assistance Grants: Will fund advanced assessments or technical specifications, where an initial comprehensive evaluation may have been completed (e.g., site-wide master plan). Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded.

Implementation Grants: Will directly address an institution’s climate impact and provide partial or full funding for organizations who have achieved institutional buy-in for their projects. These grants typically range from $50,000 to $100,000 and do not exceed $100,000.

Eligible applicant categories include museums, archives, and institutions whose primary mission includes visual art; higher education art schools, centers for study, residency programs; community and cultural organizations whose missions include an emphasis on visual art; artist-endowed foundations; arts organizations, including those that may not have a physical structure (but must have an ability to monitor energy consumption and/or generation); and not-for-profit events, including biennials, temporary projects, and large-scale public art exhibitions.

Please contact Sara Salmon if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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Wellcome Trust: Climate Impacts Awards: Unlocking urgent climate action by making the health effects of climate change visible

Grant Amount: Up to 2.5 Million GBP (~$3,171,250 USD), up to 3 years
Deadline: April 3, 2024
Category: Climate Change,
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Wellcome Trust aims to make the impacts of climate change on physical and mental health visible to drive urgent climate policy action at scale. They will support transdisciplinary teams to deliver short-term, high-impact projects that maximise policy outcomes by combining evidence generation, policy analysis, engaged research approaches and communication strategies.

The foundation will fund projects that generate context-specific evidence using community knowledge and experiences to deliver actionable policy outcomes that can be scaled to multiple settings. They will prioritise funding for research that involves and serves the needs of communities most impacted by the health effects of climate change, and advances stories and narratives that tend to be absent in the media or underrepresented in public discourse. This will include generating and/or synthesising relevant data and insights (preferably across multiple sites or countries) on significant health issues arising from climate impacts.

They are looking for proposals with a clear theory of change and strong understanding of policy levers. Policy outcomes should be achievable within the award period, innovative in their design and should support meaningful and sustainable change. Proposals should describe the intended policy outcomes and how new insights and effective communication will influence these outcomes.

Please contact Lynn Wong if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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