Environment Initiative

Vision:  Living in Harmony

We envision a natural environment that is understood and respected as a web of interconnections of which human beings are a part, where people live in harmony within the Earth’s ecological systems, where biodiversity is preserved as an integral component of economic and technological progress, and where human impact on Earth serves to maintain sustainable processes.

Mission

To protect natural resources and ecosystems in the United States, we support sustainable solutions to altering root causes of environmental damage.

Objective

To promote strategic activities that create incentives for environmentally responsible decisions in the private sector.

Priorities

Climate and Energy – To reduce the consequences of climate change in the United States, primarily through:

  • Increasing the affordability and use of cleaner and renewable energy sources, and
  • Reducing demand for carbon-intensive energy sources and carbon-intensive goods and services

Toxics and Waste – To reduce damage to the environment and human health caused by the manufacture, use, and disposal of consumer and industrial products. Typical strategies include green chemistry, sustainable design, sustainable manufacturing, and product stewardship.

Clean Water – To protect and restore the quality of freshwater, coastal, and nearby oceanic areas of the United States.

Types of Foundation Support

The Environment Committee will consider grant requests of between $25,000 and $75,000 for specific projects or programs that improve the environment at a multi-state, national, and/or systems level. Typical costs funded include project management, contracted services, education and outreach programs, applied research, and innovations that could lead to public policy solutions.

The Committee will not, however, consider proposals for:

  • Capital projects and easements
  • Local watersheds, conservancies, and land trusts
  • Influencing legislation

Preferred Proposal Attributes

The Foundation prefers strategies that:

  • Promote incentives and other private sector economic levers to encourage environmentally responsible decisions
  • Encourage compatibility between environmental protection, economic development, and technical innovations
  • Create opportunities for collaborative, cross-sector problem-solving; including action plans, certifications, and assessment tools
  • Create methods for individuals and community groups to be better environmental stewards

Background

The Roy A. Hunt Foundation created its Environment (ENV) Initiative in 2000 and has since awarded more than $3 million to organizations whose missions are to improve the environment. The committee updated its guidelines in late 2013.

Download a PDF list of Environment Initiative grants made in FY16 and FY17.

Next Steps

Follow the directions under Letter of Inquiry Submission.

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