Our Criteria for Funding

Letters of inquiry should indicate how a funding request aligns with the priorities of the Climate Justice Resilience Fund, as described in this website and our 2016 strategic framework overview. Read the following information carefully before you submit a letter of inquiry. Letters of inquiry that do not align with the following criteria will not be considered. Please refer to our grantmaking timeline and frequently asked questions for additional information.

Applicant Fit with CJRF

The CJRF carefully considers each Letter of Inquiry we receive. Organizations that fit the following criteria are our ideal grantees. 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...

  • Have a track record of working with or regranting to grassroots organizations.
  • Have local voices informing their strategy and vision.
  • Focus on issue areas that overlap with CJRF project entry points.
  • Fit within the CJRF pillars of work.
  • Can demonstrate a vision for scaling their impact beyond their organization’s direct beneficiaries.

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.