The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced grants totaling $20 million in support of climate action and policy in China and India.
The commitments include three grants totaling $4.6 million to incentivize the adoption of a low-carbon economy in China through investments in tools, data, and policies needed to create a robust carbon emissions trading market as well as training to advance the implementation of environmental laws and regulations. The foundation's first climate-related grants in the country include $3 million to Energy Foundation China in support of that organization's work to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy and to establish a partnership that enables future grantmaking to Chinese organizations working on climate solutions.
In India, a second round of climate-related grants totaling $12.2 million will support eleven civil society organizations working with the Indian government to advance climate policies that promote air quality, solar deployment, electrification of the transportation sector, and utility sector reform. Recipients include the Centre for Science and Environment in New Delhi, which was awarded $1.2 million in support of its efforts to promote federal action to combat air pollution and assist three Indian cities in developing and implementing clean air action plans; the Idam Infrastructure Advisory Private Limited in Mumbai, which was awarded $120,000 to research the reasons behind slow progress to date on building out solar rooftop capacity in urban areas; and Prayas in Pune, Maharashtra, which will receive $750,000 in general operating support for its evidence-based policy analysis and advocacy work around electricity generation and distribution.
In addition, the Natural Resources Defense Council will receive $3 million in support of its efforts to promote environmental protections and clean energy solutions in the United States, China, and India.
For a complete list of grant recipients, see the MacArthur Foundation website.