Foundation grantmaking focuses on four major program areas.
These programs touch upon a number of major issues.
Each grantmaking program also works within clearly stated geographic parameters or regions.
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Through this project, the Sierra Club Foundation will seek to strengthen the World Bank's environmental and social standards as well as encourage investment in projects that provide modern energy services to poor, rural communities in developing countries, commonly referred to as "energy access," such projects can also reduce greenhouse gas emissions and minimize environmental harm. This grant increase will cover costs associated with the preparation of a meeting to address innovative financing mechanisms to address energy access in developing countries.
This project supports development of legal expertise and training for organizations, communities, and Latin American countries receiving Chinese investment in energy and infrastructure. The project builds on experience with strengthening social and environmental standards in international financial institutions and deepening understanding and application of Chinese standards to its overseas investments. Titled the China-Latin America Sustainable Investments Initiative, the project will be launched by American University.
PLATFORM has been active with the international network of nongovernmental organizations working to reform international financial institutions and private banks' lending in the energy sector. Over the past grant, PLATFORM assisted communities in Africa and Central Asia to address the impacts of energy projects in their countries, which led to changes in national policies on oil and gas contracts as well as greater transparency. Through this grant, PLATFORM will continue to bring its expertise to address public and private investment in oil and gas development. PLATFORM also will use this grant to explore fossil fuel investments of emerging economies, focusing on assisting organizations in Brazil and China to address their countries' fossil fuel investment.
The Mott Foundation’s Environment program supports non-governmental groups (NGOs) working nationally and globally to change policies and practices of international trade and financial institutions so the environment is protected and people’s standard of living is not adversely affected by projects supported by these institutions.
Some grants made through our Environment program’s interest in improving land use decisionmaking in Michigan, as well as our three other programs — Civil Society, Flint Area, and Pathways Out of Poverty — support sustainable development projects. Such projects balance economic growth, environmental protection and human well-being.
Billion dollar hydroelectric dams. Miles of highways. Oil and gas exploration. Such large-scale energy and infrastructure projects in the developing world and in sensitive eco-regions such as the Amazon rainforest often are promoted as bringing modern development to people in need. However, they also frequently present significant environmental risks and social and economic challenges for those living in the projects’ immense shadows.
For nearly three decades, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has supported efforts to ensure that the institutions financing these projects:
One of the areas the Mott Foundation’s Environment program focuses on is on international finance for sustainability. The Foundation’s grants in this area have totaled more than $105 million since 1988.
In a Q&A, Mott Program Officers Traci Romine and Sandra Smithey reflect on that grantmaking and the important changes — and challenges — in the field.
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