programs & grantees

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This is a pivotal decade to tackle the climate crisis. The changes we need are big, but they are feasible and within reach.

Climate Imperative focuses on the near-term policy decisions in major greenhouse gas-emitting countries and regions that offer the greatest emissions reductions alongside important health, environmental, and equity benefits. 

These policy imperatives include rapid scaling of renewable energy, widespread electrification of buildings and transportation, stopping the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure, reducing pollution from major industrial sources, and economy-wide pathways to reduce emissions from the biggest sources.

We are solutions-oriented and science-driven. We support strong and credible local groups, identify best practices and help to spread them, and work to advance equitable climate solutions. We sometimes work through regranting partners.

examples of our grants


American Lung Association

American Lung Association seeks to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. Climate Imperative supports the Lung Association’s Healthy Air Campaign to mobilize the health community around clean air and climate protections in the U.S., focusing on strengthening air quality health standards, protecting health from emissions from coal and gas power plants, supporting zero-emission vehicles and improving indoor air quality.


Building Decarbonization Coalition

The Building Decarbonization Coalition unites building industry stakeholders with energy providers, environmental organizations and local governments to help electrify homes and workspaces with clean energy. Climate Imperative supports their research, policy development, and stakeholder outreach to develop and promote zero-emission appliance standards in California and other states.


Energy Foundation China

Energy Foundation China (EF China) has been working since 1999 to promote China’s sustainable energy development. Serving as a regrantor, facilitator, and strategic advisor, they support policy analysis, research, capacity building, and international cooperation. Climate Imperative is partnering with EF China to support research focused on a clean energy transition during China’s 14th Five-Year Plan period, land-use planning, industrial programs, and clean vehicles policies.


Transport and Environment

Transport and Environment (T&E), with 60 member groups in all 27 EU member states, is the leading advocacy organization working to drive Europe’s transition to zero-carbon transport. Climate Imperative is supporting T&E’s work to green corporate fleets—which are responsible for over 50% of new car sales in the EU—and promote ambitious clean car standards.


WE ACT for Environmental Justice

The mission of WE ACT for Environmental Justice is to build healthy communities by ensuring that low-income communities and communities of color participate meaningfully in the creation of sound and fair environmental health and protection policies and practices. Climate Imperative is supporting WE ACT’s efforts in New York and nationally to phase out fossil-fuel infrastructure, incentivize electrification and energy efficiency, and remove barriers for building electrification in municipalities and frontline communities.

Please note that Climate Imperative does not accept unsolicited proposals.

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