Established in 1913, the Rockefeller Foundation works around the world to expand opportunities for poor and vulnerable people, and to help ensure that the benefits of globalization are shared more equitably.
Among other past achievements, the Rockefeller Foundation significantly funded the modernization of agriculture in Asia and Latin America, known as the Green Revolution.
Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources
The Rockefeller Foundation defines several initiatives and topics that guide its grant making. Those of principal relevance in the Terra Viva Grants Directory are identified below.
1 — Nourish the World. The Rockefeller Foundation aims to improve farm yields, reduce food waste, and combat starvation. This initiative focuses on food security, agricultural development and agricultural research in Africa and the U.S.
About Nourish the World
2 — Emerging Frontiers. The Foundation provides funding to accelerate the impact of development initiatives through impact investing, data science, technology, and innovation. Among others, this strategy focuses on Climate and Resilience with the aim to tackle problems like climate change and pandemics.
About Emerging Frontiers
3 — Energy Poverty. The Foundation aims to accelerate the delivery of renewable electricity to underserved, low-income communities worldwide.
About Energy Poverty
Grant seekers may want to explore additional initiatives not identified above.
Rockefeller makes grants across a wide range of nonprofit organizations worldwide. They include policy and research institutes; universities; foundations and NGOs; networks and associations; international organizations; and government organizations. A few grants are occasionally made to private companies.
Past grants range from under US$25 thousand to multi-million dollars for projects of one to five years.
APPLICATION (for 1-2-3 preceding): Rockefeller posts occasional calls for proposals and grant opportunities in the announcement on their website.
Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries
The Foundation’s grants database is searchable by key words, dates, grant amounts, and initiatives.
With funding from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network works at the intersection of climate change, vulnerable and poor communities, and urbanization.
Contact information is posted for Rockefeller’s offices in New York City, Washington DC, Bangkok, Nairobi, and Bellagio. The Foundation also provides an email contact form.