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The Environment program aims to support the efforts of an engaged citizenry working to create accountable and responsive institutions, sound public policies and appropriate models of development that protect communities and the diversity and integrity of ecosystems in North America and around the world.

For more than three decades, the Mott Foundation’s Environment Program has supported the stewardship of the world’s natural resources. This work has taught us that such grantmaking must seek practical ways to simultaneously build strong economic, environmental and social conditions for all people — in a word, sustainability.

The program’s current grantmaking plan, formally adopted by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees in September 2014, is the next iteration of our efforts to advance sustainability in the United States and around the world. Grantmaking is organized into four areas:

  • Addressing the Freshwater Challenge:
    Grants focus on securing sustainable levels of clean water for people and the environment, particularly in the Great Lakes region.
  • Transforming Development Finance:
    We support efforts to shape international investment in ways that support sustainable development and reduce environmental degradation.
  • Advancing Climate Change Solutions:
    We seek to advance the adoption of clean energy technologies at the community level in the United States and internationally.
  • Special Initiatives:
    Grants in this area allow us to respond to one-time opportunities to advance environmental protection in the United States and internationally.

Funding for unsolicited proposals is limited throughout the program. Those interested in applying for funding are strongly encouraged to submit a letter of inquiry instead of a full proposal.