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Climate Justice Resilience Fund

Deadline: 21 December 2018 (The Bay of Bengal cluster),19 April 2019 (East Africa cluster)
Open to: non-governmental organizations
Benefits: grants larger than USD 100,000

The Climate Justice Resilience Fund is a grantmaking initiative dedicated to helping women, youth, and indigenous peoples create and share their own solutions for resilience. They believe that lasting climate resilience must start with those communities first hit by climate change. They help communities reduce risks, manage shocks, rebound, and continue charting a path to sustainable development.

The Climate Justice Resilience Fund was created in 2016 through a grant from the Oak Foundation. It is a project of New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity registered in the United States. In 2017, the Kendeda Fund became CJRF’s second member foundation.  They welcome funding partners who share their commitment to addressing climate change by giving voice and power to women, youth, and indigenous communities.


Please read the following closely to determine if your organization matches CJRF priorities for grant consideration.

1. Operations:

Organizations that are more likely to be considered for a grant:

  • Are registered with the local or national government as a nonprofit organization;
  • Have an annual budget greater than 500,000 USD;
  • Have already secured, or are in the process of securing some level of co-funding;
  • Have a paid staff and/or Board that includes youth, women, or indigenous people.

2. Fit:

Organizations that are more likely to be considered for a grant:

3. Geography:

Organizations that are more likely to be considered for a grant…

  • Operate in one or more of CJRF’s priority geographies: Alaska, northern Canada, Kenya, Tanzania, Bangladesh, and the Indian states of West Bengal and Orissa.


  • Promote knowledge exchange and capacity building across the CJRF regions.
  • Advocate for global climate finance policies and programs that benefit women, youth, or indigenous peoples, with emphasis on adaptation.


As a new funder, the CJRF does not yet have an average grant size. The CJRF grantmaking strategic framework prioritizes multi-year grants and grants larger than USD 100,000. However, grant requests each on their own merits will be considered. Regional funding is currently budgeted as follows: USD 5.5 million for the Bay of Bengal; USD 5.5 million for East Africa; USD 3.6 million for the Arctic; and USD 2.5 million for grants that are global in scope.

How to apply?

Letters of inquiry may be submitted to [email protected].

For further information, please visit the official website.

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