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.

2017 Grantmaking Cycle

Each year, Threshold Funding Circles will have a single, 6-month grantmaking cycle from February to August. For more information on Threshold's general grantmaking program, please visit the Grants page. 

Grant Cycle Guidelines

In 2017 Threshold Funding Circles will no longer solicit Letters of Inquiry (LOIs). All Funding Circles will issue invitation-only Requests for Proposals (RFPs) beginning in February. The process for determining invitations is decided by each Funding Circle – interested applicants should be aware that the resources of the foundation are limited and only invited organizations can be considered.

  • We provide program support as well as general operating support, and usually do not fund organizations with budgets larger than $2 million.
  • We fund organizations that lobby and/or conduct other 501(c) 4 activities.
  • We do not have diversity requirements but seek to work with organizations whose leadership and consituencies are from a diversity of backgrounds and heritages.
  • We fund in the U.S. and internationally.
  • While most grants are for a one-year time period, we do offer a limited number of two-year grants, especially in cases where significant progress cannot be expected within 10-12 months.  

2017 Threshold Grantmaking Calendar

December 2, 2016

Funding Circles post 2017 grant guidelines online

February 17, 2017

Request for Proposal (RFP) invitations sent to selected organizations

March 24, 2017

Proposal submissions due by 5pm Pacific

May 5, 2017

Evaluation invites/declines sent to all proposal applicants

August 1, 2017

2017 Final grant decisions made and announced

August 18, 2017

2017 Grant award checks mailed



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