Grant-Making Approach


The ECF supports organisations that undertake activities in line with our mission of supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy in Europe. The majority of our funds are re-granted to NGOs and think tanks engaged in bringing about meaningful policy change. Our programme staff collaborate with grantees and experts from the field and funders to design and fund strategies based on a thorough understanding of decision-makers, decision-making processes, and political context.

What We Fund

The ECF is composed of sectoral programmes and cross-cutting and geographic initiatives, described in detail here, all focused on ultimate goal of mitigating climate change. Each of these programmes and initiatives has a well-defined strategy and a set budget for each year.

We do not accept unsolicited grant proposals. Instead, we work closely with our partners to identify funding opportunities that will create the greatest impact.

The ideal proposal fits well within one (or more) of our programmes and/or initiatives and clearly defines and analyses the context for change, the objectives of the proposed grant, the strategy, and the activities to be undertaken.

What We Do Not Fund

We do not consider applications for activities outside the scope of EU climate strategy and, more specifically, our own areas of activity. Likewise, we do not support local projects unless they have been consciously designed for replication or have broad European regional or national implications.

We do not make grants directly to individuals, or grants intended to support a particular political party or sectarian or religious purposes.

We do not fund the research and development of technology (e.g., funds to develop hybrid automobiles or commercialisation of an invention), demonstration projects (e.g., model solar homes), or community energy projects.

We do not fund endowments or debt reduction, nor do we make general-support grants.

We do not support annual fundraising campaigns or capital construction. Nor do we support the planning, renovation, maintenance, retrofit, or purchase of buildings, or the acquisition of land, even if the intent is to save energy.

Our Grantees

We work with a broad variety of partners, including think tanks, NGOs, and academic institutions. See a sampling of our grantees here.

Illustrative Grant Commitments

Coming soon!