Kresge Foundation Announces Changes to Environment Program Priorities

The Kresge Foundation in Troy, Michigan, has announced that it is refining its environmental funding priorities to more closely integrate climate change adaptation efforts into its existing work.

In recent years, the foundation's environment program has supported efforts to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by promoting the adoption of energy efficiency and renewable energy and funded organizations working to develop new knowledge and practices around climate change adaptation. Building on that work, the refocused program will support place-based projects that can serve as models for other initiatives and help build a field of practice. The program also will work to ensure that low-income and underrepresented people are included in the setting of resilience agendas and benefit from those agendas.

The foundation plans to release finalized grant guidelines for the environment program later this year. In the meantime, it will accept unsolicited grant applications until June 1, with the proviso that few such requests have been funded in recent months.

"We are knitting the two strands of our work together toward the goal of helping communities build their resilience in the face of climate change," said senior program director Lois DeBacker, who leads the environment program. "Our working definition of resilience includes recognizing and reducing vulnerabilities that climate change will introduce or worsen. It also includes limiting the severity of climate change through measures that reduce greenhouse-gas emissions."

"Environment Program Refining Its Climate-Change Priorities." Kresge Foundation Press Release 04/08/2013.