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Grants and Grantmaking

What type of work does Energy Foundation fund?

We support education and analysis to promote policy solutions that advance renewable energy and energy optimization.

We do not support research and development of specific technologies; the commercialization of clean energy inventions; energy-related general education projects; or planning, renovation, maintenance, retrofit, or purchase of buildings, nor the purchase of equipment—even when the goal is to optimize energy.

Read more about our work.

Are you accepting new grant proposals?

In order to effectively advance our mission, Energy Foundation program officers identify potential funding opportunities in accordance with our program strategies. We do not accept unsolicited proposals or letters of inquiry at this time.

Grantseekers who have not been invited by the Energy Foundation to submit a proposal may want to visit the Foundation Center, GuideStar, and other resources to locate other funding opportunities.

About the Foundation

What is Energy Foundation China?

Energy Foundation launched Energy Foundation China (EF China) in 1999. Based in Beijing, EF China assists the country in its clean energy transition by supporting policy research, the development of new standards, capacity building, and dissemination of best practices in the sectors of clean power, environmental management, industry, low-carbon economic growth, low-carbon cities, and transportation, as well as through strategic communications. Learn more about EF China and its achievements here.

Where can I find information about Energy Foundation’s finances?

Our financial activities—from the grants we provide to our annual financials—are filed each year with the Internal Revenue Service via a Form 990. Form 990s for the most recent filing years are available on our website and are also available on Guidestar.

Do you endorse products or vendors?

We do not provide endorsements.

Do you have internships available?

Currently, we offer a summer internship to a college student housed in our Strategic Partnerships team. The internship is facilitated by Eastside College Preparatory School in East Palo Alto, California.

Do you offer scholarships or fellowships?

We do not offer scholarships or fellowships.

Do you offer conference sponsorships?

Yes, we provide selective sponsorship opportunities of conferences organized by grantees and climate and clean energy gatherings attended by local, state, and federal government employees. Energy Foundation believes that facilitating these in-person meetings can allow a greater sharing of ideas, lessons, and knowledge transfer among individuals dedicated to the shared goal of realizing a clean energy economy.

How do I find out if there are jobs open at Energy Foundation?

Visit our Careers page.

How do I contact you for media interviews?

Visit our Contact Us page.


Where can I find information about energy efficiency-related rebates, incentives, or financing offered in my area?

You may visit the Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy for information on state, local, utility, and selected federal incentives that promote renewable energy. For links to state energy offices, visit the National Association of State Energy Officials. You may also visit your state or local public utility commission’s website to see if any rebates or incentives are offered.