Focus of This Profile: Grants for biodiversity conservation, clean technologies, and measures to address climate change.
Principal Office: USA
The Threshold Foundation is a membership organization of wealthy individuals who support progressive social change through volunteer-based philanthropy.
The Foundation makes grants in two core areas: Justice and Democracy, and Sustainable Planet.
Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources
Sustainable Planet. This core program focuses on protecting threatened ecosystems to preserve biodiversity and prevent extinctions. Related issues include addressing global climate change, empowering local and indigenous communities, and deploying new clean technologies.
Quite a few projects address needs in the developing countries for community conservation.
About the program
The Threshold Foundation makes grants to nonprofit charitable organizations and fiscal sponsors in the USA. It also funds organizations outside of the USA if they are exclusively organized for charitable or educational purposes.
Grants have ranged between US$1 thousand and US$100 thousand. The typical grant is between US$15 thousand and US$30 thousand.
APPLICATION: Grant seekers submit initial letters of inquiry (LOIs) to one of the Foundation’s committees (i.e., Sustainable Planet, or Justice and Democracy) through an online process.
Based on these LOIs, the committees select a limited number of organizations from which to request full proposals.
Note: At the time of this update, the Foundation’s committee for Sustainable Planet requests proposals from invited organizations. It does not currently accept LOIs.
Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries
The Foundation posts its annual reports and previous grants.
Threshold offers Grants FAQ with additional details about its grant making.
The Foundation provides complete contact information, including an email address for grant inquiries.
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