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.


European Climate Foundation

The European Climate Foundation (ECF) partners with 700 organizations working to tackle the climate crisis by fostering the development of a net-zero emission society. Climate Imperative supports ECF’s mission at the national, European, and global level.


Citizen Action Coalition

Citizens Action Coalition (CAC) is Indiana’s oldest and largest consumer and environmental advocacy organization, saving families more than $10 billion in excess utility charges since its founding in 1974. Climate Imperative supports CAC’s work in Indiana – the largest steel producing state in the U.S. and home to the Warrick primary aluminum smelter along the Ohio River – through efforts to decarbonize the facilities and grow the sustainable metals manufacturing industry.


International Council on Clean Transportation

International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) works to improve the environmental performance and energy efficiency of ground, marine, and air transportation to protect public health and mitigate climate change. Climate Imperative supports ICCT’s research and policy programs’ work on zero-emission transport technologies for cars and trucks, off-road vehicles, and rail as well as lower-emission aviation solutions.


Emerald Cities

Emerald Cities Collaborative (ECC) is a national nonprofit network working to advance a sustainable environment while creating just and inclusive economic opportunities for all. Climate Imperative supports ECC’s building electrification efforts, as well as their workforce training and career path development to ensure an equity stake for low-income communities of color in the green economy.


Global Energy Monitor

Global Energy Monitor (GEM) develops and shares open-source information detailing the evolving global energy system. Climate Imperative supports GEM’s international research on existing, proposed, cancelled, and retired coal-fired power plants around the world as well as the global energy system data and analysis they produce for use by governments, media, academics, and the public.

Please note that Climate Imperative does not accept unsolicited proposals.

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