Climate Strategies

Our Mission

We support organizations addressing the drivers, or causes, of climate change.  Our grantees work to reduce the use of dirty combustion fuels, eliminate the emissions of greenhouse gases, and/or sequester carbon in the soil, forests or oceans.

Our Strategy

Our primary focus is to fund organizations working to reduce the causes of climate change by stopping greenhouse gas emissions and by protecting carbon sinks.  Given the complexities of climate dynamics, biological systems, and social and economic factors, we believe that multiple strategies are necessary. The work of our grantees is diverse because there is no one solution to the crisis.

The two over-arching strategies that we support are:

1)    Constraining or eliminating the subsidies, policies and infrastructure that promote dirty combustion energy and greenhouse gas emissions, and shifting our economy towards greater energy efficiency with little or no emissions.

2)    Protecting forests and productive land to sequester carbon, while also supporting local/indigenous stewardship of land and waters.

Climate change and sustainability have been central issues for Threshold members for many years. As funders, we know that caring for people and caring for our environment are one and the same.

2018 Grantmaking Cycle

Each year, Threshold Funding Circles will have a single, 6-month grantmaking cycle from February to August. General grant cycle guidelines and the 2018 calendar are below. Specific Funding Circle guidelines and revised mission statements will be posted online by November 2017.

Grant Cycle Guidelines

More information about the 2018 funding cycle will be posted in November 2017.

2018 Threshold General Grantmaking Calendar

December 1, 2017

Funding Circles post 2018 grant guidelines online

February 16, 2018

Request for Proposal (RFP) invitations sent to selected organizations

March 23, 2018

Proposal submissions due by 5pm Pacific

May 4, 2018

Evaluation invites/declines sent to all proposal applicants

July 31, 2018

2018 Final grant decisions made and announced

August 17, 2018

2017 Grant award checks mailed



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