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What We Fund

What We Do Not Fund

The urgency of dealing with climate change, unsustainable consumption, and loss of biodiversity are the overall themes for the V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation.

We work primarily in the United States, but only on national and international level issues. Any non-US funding must be multinational in scope and not focus on any specific country, region, or continent.

We favor projects that:

  • take stock of the scale of the environmental problems
  • use a systems approach to achieve change
  • link policy, advocacy, and practical solution
  • have international significance and perspective – even if US based
  • are based on original thinking and creative ideas

Our typical grantees are small or midsize organizations with demonstrated leadership in developing strategy, communicating vision, and effective project performance. We do not provide core funding. Currently, we only evaluate projects that fall within one of the following categories:

Ecosystems Resilience, Protection and Restoration

  • Ecosystem services - research and tools of relevance to large scale geographic areas including many countries and continents
  • Natural greenhouse gas sequestration and storage with large-scale impact potential
  • Agro-biodiversity

Framework of Ecological Stability

  • Economic models of living within global limits and practical implementation of change to a stable global ecosystem
  • Sustainable consumption, production, and land use

Communication and Leadership

  • Communicating value-based living with sustainable use of water, energy, and food resources
  • New innovative initiatives to enhance international cooperation and knowledge-sharing
  • Next generation leadership

In the initial review VKRF judges all projects based on a two-page Letter of Inquiry. We hold two open submission periods annually. Please see "Apply for Funding" for detailed information on deadlines and application format.