Natural Climate Solutions Accelerator Grant

Funder Name or Agency: The Nature Conservancy
Elligible Entities: Non-Profit Organization
Deadline: August 16, 2019
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Through the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Nature Conservancy is announcing a request for proposals for two additional rounds of grant funding for projects with potential to substantially increase the use of natural climate solutions through the U.S. Natural Climate Solutions Accelerator program.  This grant-funding program is focused on helping kick-start innovative and scalable approaches to capturing greenhouse gas emissions by using natural and working lands in the United States.  The program’s steering committee approved the first five grants in the fall of 2018 and plans to complete two additional rounds of grantmaking during the next 12 months.

The deadline for the second round of applications is August 16. Applicants can request up to $250,000 per project. The third application period will be announced in the early 2020. Up to $1.7M will be awarded in these two rounds of grant making. In addition to financial support, recipients will be offered mentorship, and connection to networks and new partnerships.

In 2018 a new TNC-led study found that Natural Climate Solutions—which include reforestation, cover crops, coastal restoration, and other management practices could prevent or sequester more than one-fifth of annual U.S. greenhouse gas pollution—the equivalent of removing the emissions from all U.S. cars and trucks from the road. Or, to frame it another away, the equivalent of the entire annual emissions from Brazil.

While significant investments are now being made in renewable energy and other technologies to decarbonize the energy sector, the Accelerator program seeks to correspondingly increase investment in the oldest, and one of the most cost-effective carbon capture technologies there is—nature.  Over time, the Accelerator strives to support and develop a portfolio of proven approaches and mechanisms to deploying natural solutions that landowners, state and federal governments, corporations, and other climate leaders can efficiently implement on a broad scale.


Project proposals from 501(c)(3) not-for-profits for work located anywhere in the United States are encouraged to apply through our online form prior to the due date. A selection committee will evaluate proposals and select projects primarily based on their assessment of:

  1. the potential for delivering significant climate change mitigation benefits;
  2. likelihood of reaching transformative scale; and
  3. the capacity of the affiliated organizations to achieve success.

The selection committee will prioritize funding for a diverse portfolio of projects representing novel approaches for scaling climate solutions in a range of natural and working lands (forests, agricultural lands and grasslands, and wetlands) and geographies. Grant term is 18 months.