EFA has a tradition of promoting public awareness and participation in the restoration and defense of the environment. Since 1959, EFA has awarded over $70 million in grants to protect the environment.
EFA’s Environment program aims to reduce climate change pollution by funding projects focusing on policies and practices which will result in the reduction of greenhouse gases. The Environmental focus of the foundation for the next few years will be in these areas: coal waste, ocean acidification and cement plants. Of particular interest to the committee is work encompassing the following strategies: litigation, building constituencies, grassroots organizing, and policy/advocacy work.
NEW: May 6, 2014
The Educational Foundation of America currently has two grant opportunities open under our Coal Ash Initiative and our Ocean Acidification Initiative. These requests for proposals (RFPs) are open to public charities, academic institutions, and government entities to carry out work in the United States.
1. Coal Ash RFP
The waste products from coal fired power plants pose environmental and health risks from unsafe storage practices. Disposal of coal combustion waste is a coal industry externality, the cost of which is not currently borne by utilities operating coal plants. EFA seeks proposals to address coal waste by implementing state and national policy and by causing utilities to move coal waste to safe storage.
2. Ocean Acidification RFP
Ocean acidification (OA) is a global phenomenon requiring national and international commitments. However, some of the most impactful and exciting work on OA is happening at the state level, with states taking action to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate local stressors. EFA seeks proposals to use OA as a lever for policy change by engaging impacted stakeholders to reform policy and by developing state policies and legislation that would reduce the drivers of OA (i.e., carbon emissions).
Outside of these RFPs, EFA is not currently accepting unsolicited proposals.