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The Nature Conservancy: Natural Climate Solutions Accelerator Grant

Deadline: August 16, 2019

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Natural Climate Solutions Accelerator Grant will fund projects with potential to substantially increase the use of natural climate solutions. The Accelerator 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.

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, or 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.

Proposals will be evaluated primarily based on their assessment of:

  • The potential for delivering significant climate change mitigation benefits
  • The likelihood of reaching transformative scale
  • The capacity of the affiliated organizations to achieve success

The Accelerator program 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.

Amount: A total of $1,700,000 is available through two rounds of grantmaking (this is the first round). Awards will range up to $250,000 each and cover a period of 18 months.

Eligibility: Tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations.

Link: https://www.nature.org/en-us/what-we-do/our-priorities/tackle-climate-change/climate-change-stories

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