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Georgia Foundations Announce 2024-2025 Climate Solutions & Equity Grants


Today, six family foundations based in Georgia have declared the recipients of the 2024-2025 Drawdown Georgia Climate Solutions & Equity Grants. These grants are aimed at promoting climate solutions and emphasizing equity in Georgia. The beneficiaries of six biennial grants, each amounting to $100,000 per annum, include Community Farmers Markets, Concerned Citizens of Cook County, ECO-Action, Groundswell, Mothers & Others for Clean Air, and Sustainable Georgia Futures.
The Climate Solutions & Equity Grant program is structured to expedite the Drawdown Georgia mission. This mission seeks to implement feasible climate solutions that highlight equity throughout the state. The solutions focus on composting, the use of electric vehicles, enhancements in energy efficiency, reduction of food waste, adoption of plant-based diets, and the installation of rooftop solar systems.
“Drawdown Georgia’s framework is distinguished by our pursuit of practical solutions to climate change solutions that center equity,” said John Lanier, executive director of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation and a founder of Drawdown Georgia.
“These grants extend this framework, by empowering BIPOC communities across Georgia to scale climate solutions that bring new jobs, environmental benefits, improved public health, and neighborhood investments where they are most needed. We are proud to be a part of this collaboration, along with our partners at the R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation, the Ghanta Family Foundation, The Wilbur & Hilda Glenn Family Foundation, the Reilly Family Fund, and the Tull Charitable Foundation.”
The following six family foundations in Georgia have announced a new round of two-year grants, each worth $100,000 per year, to fund projects in 2024-2025:
  • Community Farmers Markets: This grant will enable the expansion of the MARTA Markets program, which provides transit riders with healthy, locally-grown fruits and vegetables. The program also features cooking demonstrations by local Black chefs at MARTA Markets, using funds from the Climate Solutions & Equity grant.
  • Concerned Citizens of Cook County: In collaboration with Georgia Interfaith Power & Light (GIPL), this group will work on organizing, educating, and implementing clean energy strategies in multiple houses of worship in Adel and across Cook County.
  • ECO-Action: Working with the Proctor Creek Stewardship Council and the Peoplestown Revitalization Corporation, ECO-Action will conduct monthly community-wide trainings on energy efficiency strategies, weatherization, composting, and plant-based diets in two of Atlanta’s most disinvested neighborhoods.
  • Groundswell: The grant will be used to provide energy efficiency upgrades to more homes in rural Troup County through Groundswell’s Save On Utilities Long term (SOUL) program.
  • Mothers & Others for Clean Air (MOCA): In partnership with Georgia Clinicians for Climate Action and the Georgia State Medical Association, MOCA will provide educational programming on the health and equity co-benefits of electric school buses at the city and county level.
  • Sustainable Georgia Futures: This grant will expand the WeatheRise energy efficiency program, which provides weatherization improvements for low-to moderate-income Black households in Atlanta. It will also fund solar workforce development through recruitment, training, and certification of solar installation apprentices from the local community.
The financial support for the 2024-2025 grant cycle is contributed by the R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation and its Dobbs Fund, the Ghanta Family Foundation, The Wilbur & Hilda Glenn Family Foundation, The Ray C. Anderson Foundation’s NextGen Committee, the Reilly Family Fund, and the Tull Charitable Foundation.

The application and evaluation process was guided by a panel of equity advisors based in Georgia. This panel included Hermina Glass-Hill, Senior Field Representative at Oceana and Executive Director of the Susie King Taylor Women’s Institute and Ecology Center; Tamara Jones, Co-Executive Director at Clean Energy Works; and Eriqah Vincent, a Consultant specializing in Environment, Climate, and Social Justice.
To know more about the Drawdown Georgia Climate Solutions & Equity Grant, click here.