MacArthur Foundation


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The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is one of the largest U.S. Foundations that aims to build a more just and peaceful world. Making progress on limiting global climate change and its adverse impacts is one of the priority areas of the Foundation. The MacArthur Foundation is headquartered in Chicago with offices in India, Mexico and Nigeria.

Eligibility to Receive Funding

Institutions and NGOs whose work is in line with the Foundation’s vision, thematic focus and strategy may be eligible. More information and a list of grantees can be found online.

Regional Focus: World-wide (the Foundation is currently supporting projects in approximately 50 countries).

Sector Focus

A primary focus is to prevent climate change through the curbing of emissions and by supporting the global leadership on climate solutions with the following priorities:

  • Putting a price on carbon;
  • Reducing methane emissions;
  • Altering the fuel mix for electricity generation by decreasing the reliance on fossil fuels and increasing the use of renewable sources;
  • Implementing bilateral and international agreements with developing countries of priority on policies or programs to address climate issues;
  • Improving the capacity of non-governmental organizations to engage with the Indian government on climate policy;
  • Catalysing renewable energy production by filling critical knowledge gaps;
  • Encouraging clean technology adoption through targeted capacity building.

Funding Conditions: Grants

Application Procedure

The Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals but works with partners to identify possible funding opportunities. Information on grants can be found online. At the end of March 2018, there was a temporary pause on new climate related applications.


USA Office:

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Office of Grants Management

140  S. Dearborn Street

Chicago, IL 60603-5285

Tel +1 312 726 8000

Email: 4 Website

India office:

India Habitat Centre

Zone VA, First Floor

Lohdi Road

New Delhi 110 003, India

Tel.: +91 11 2464 4006


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