City grants help fight climate change

Does your organization have a creative idea to help fight global warming? Do you need funding to jump-start your project? As an innovative way to directly engage people to fight climate change, the City of Minneapolis is again offering grants to help people in Minneapolis take steps to reduce global warming. Neighborhood, business and faith-based associations are eligible to apply for the grants, along with other nonprofits, libraries, park and recreational centers, and other public organizations. Two types of grants are available: 

Grassroots Climate Change Micro Grants for grants up to $1,500. Application deadline is 4 p.m. Thursday, April 16, 2009.

Climate Change Innovations Grants for grants up to $10,000. Application deadline is 4 p.m. Monday, April 20, 2009.

The application is short and easy to fill out. Applicants are asked to submit their plans to use the money for a project that results in meaningful, measurable steps to reduce climate change. To learn more about the grants, to get an application, or see project ideas, visit the City’s Sustainability Web site 

In 2008, the City awarded 25 similar grants that leveraged thousands of dollars in volunteer time and resources resulting in 1,954 new participants taking the Energy Challenge. Together, those people committed to saving 2.7 million pounds of carbon dioxide saving $647,220 annually on their energy use. You too can help fight climate change AND save money in the process. Apply today and we’ll help you.