Donor: Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Application procedure: Letter of Inquiry
Donor base: United States
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation
Deadline: ongoing

Financial details

Grant size: Large - more than $1,000,000
Minimum grant size: -
Total available budget: -
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: -
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Climate Change
  • Energy
  • Environment & Natural Resources

Project Locations

  1. Africa

      Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe

  2. America

      Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela

  3. Asia

      Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen

  4. Europe

      Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine

  5. Pacific

      Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu


1) Objective

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation affirms its founder’s vision of a world in which each individual’s quality of life is connected to the well-being of the community, both locally and globally. The Foundation makes grants in the U.S. and, on a limited geographic basis, internationally. The objective of the funding opportunity is to support the efforts of an engaged citizenry working to create accountable and responsive institutions, sound public policies and appropriate models of development that protect communities and the diversity and integrity of ecosystems around the world. The funding priorities include:

  • Addressing climate change: They work to increase the use of renewable energy in developing countries, where more than 1 billion people lack access to electricity.
  • Transforming Development Finance: They aim to shape international investment policies for energy and infrastructure projects in ways that protect people and the environment in developing nations.
  • Addressing the Freshwater Challenge: They support efforts to secure sustainable levels of clean water for people and the environment, particularly in the Great Lakes basin.
  • Special Initiatives: They support unique opportunities to advance environmental protection.

2) Eligibility

Eligible organisations are mainly non-profits from the US but foreign NGOs can also apply if they prove the same status.

3) Location

They fund projects worldwide and particularly in the Great Lakes basin.

4) Budget

The total annual grant budget for this grant program is around 20 million USD and they fund on average 100 grants. Grants range from US$10,000-4,000,000.

5) Application

If you are interested in submitting an idea to them for funding, the first step is to complete a letter of inquiry (LOI) form. The LOI will help their program staff determine the relevance of the proposed project to their programs and provide you with advice on whether to submit a full proposal. Prior to submitting an LOI, they ask you to learn more about our programs, funding interests, funding limitations and guidelines for organizations located outside the United States.

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