What we fund: |
Please visit the
program pages for specific information about the type of work we support
in each area. What are the limitations on
- Generally, the foundation
makes grants to nonprofit charitable organizations classified as
501(c)(3) public charities by the Internal Revenue Service. The
foundation is unable to make grants directly to individuals.
foundation is unable to support local projects, unless they have been
consciously designed for further replication or have broad regional or
national implications. The foundation's geographic focus is the United
States and China, with special emphasis on regional initiatives.
- The foundation is unable to make grants intended to support
candidates for political office, to influence legislation, or to support
sectarian or religious purposes.
- The foundation is unable to fund
the research and development of technology (e.g., funds to develop
hybrid automobiles or commercialization of an invention).
foundation is unable to fund demonstration projects (e.g., model solar
- The foundation is unable to fund community energy projects.
The foundation is unable to fund endowments or debt reduction. The
foundation is not able to support annual fund-raising campaigns or
capital construction. The foundation is unable to support the planning,
renovation, maintenance, retrofit, or purchase of buildings; the
purchase of equipment; or the acquisition of land, even if the intent is
to save energy.
- The foundation does not accept unsolicited general operating support grants.
How to apply for a grant:
Because the foundation's funding priorities are specialized, we
recommend that all applicants carefully review these guidelines. If you
are not sure whether your project fits the guidelines, we encourage you
to write a brief letter of inquiry describing the project, its purpose,
and the amount you are requesting. We will notify you if a full proposal
If you are confident that your project fits within the guidelines, we
do not require a letter of inquiry. Please send us the application form,
one copy of your proposal, and the supporting documents listed
We have no fixed format for proposals. Use the form that best conveys
the strengths of your project. In general, a complete proposal includes
- the attached application form as a cover
- a clear statement of the need(s) or problem(s) to be
- results you expect from
- project budgetincluding a brief explanation
of the budget, a list of other sources of actual and potential funding
for the project, and a description of plans to secure additional funding
- how you will determine whether your project is successful
history of organization, including mission and goals
To consider a proposal for funding, we need the following
- organization budget
- most recent
audited financial statements
- IRS letter certifying tax-exempt
- current annual report
- list of board of directors
- resumes of key personnel involved in project
We accept proposals on a continuous basis. There are no specific deadlines. However, please keep in mind that it takes approximately four to six weeks to review proposals and inquiries and to contact you with an initial response.
For more information, contact:
The Energy Foundation
301 Battery Street, Floor 5
Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 561-6700 (telephone)
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