In 2008 the Cleveland Climate Action Fund (formerly known as the Cleveland Carbon Fund) was founded as the first community-based, open-access carbon reduction fund in the United States. Since then, the Fund has invested more than $100,000 in projects throughout Cleveland that both improve resident’s lives while mitigating carbon emissions. The CCAF provides a benefit to the community by funding local projects that supports people to take climate action. Donor’s contributions create sustainable, positive change in local Cleveland neighborhoods.
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Yes, contributions to the Cleveland Climate Action Fund are treated as charitable donations and are tax-deductible. The Cleveland Foundation provides documentation for your records.
The Cleveland Climate Action Fund promotes and funds local carbon mitigation projects that foster economic development, social well-being, and environmental stewardship in our local communities.
Americans annually emit about 7 billion tons of carbon, contributing to a global increase in temperature and dramatic changes in climate. In Cleveland, climate threats and impacts include:
These effects are cause for concern and action. As more individuals and corporations around the globe are motivated—either by personal passion or regulation—to be stewards of the environment, taking climate action has become a viable choice for citizens and businesses to undertake.
Through the Fund, donors provide critical support to climate action projects that support Cleveland’s neighborhoods and would otherwise not receive support.
Everyone benefits. Donors are able to reduce their carbon footprint in a quick, easy, and ethical way. Awardees use the money to not only sustain their missions but also effectively reach out and help their target audiences. Finally, the Cleveland community benefits because funds are given directly to projects in the region, stimulating economic development, creating jobs and improving the community’s environmental health.
The Cleveland Climate Action Fund Founding Partners include: the Cleveland Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the City of Cleveland. Together, these renowned institutions guide the Fund to create positive social and environmental initiatives that address climate issues. The Advisory Board now includes representation from 15 organizations.
Carbon reduction projects lower the amount of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. These types of projects may be used to counterbalance activities that cause carbon emissions. To be a legitimate reduction, these projects are new, unique activities (not a “business-as-usual” activity – an activity that would have occurred anyway).
No. However, anyone can use the carbon calculator on the Cleveland Climate Action Fund’s website to better understand their role in addressing climate change and even help guide the amount of donation they would like to provide to the Fund.
Donating to the Cleveland Climate Action Fund is different than buying conventional ‘carbon offsets’ for several reasons. Contributions to the Fund go to local projects overseen by non-profit organizations throughout the Cleveland community that would not have happened without this funding. To reduce administrative fees, the Cleveland Climate Action Fund has chosen not to certify and retire the carbon emissions reductions that result from the funded projects.
The Cleveland Climate Action Fund provides support to local projects that foster social and environmental benefits to the community. Examples of past projects can be found here.
Proposed projects go through a rigorous Request for Proposal process. An Advisory Committee with relevant expertise make funding recommendations to the full board.
Projects will be considered based on a range of metrics, such as but not limited to: cost per metric ton of CO2 reduced, collateral social and economic benefits, location, track record of the non-profit organization and number of people served.
More information regarding applying for funding can be found here.
The Cleveland Climate Action Fund’s Advisory Committee works with founding partners at GreenCityBlueLake Institute and its prospective grantees to calculate and validate the expected carbon reduction from each proposed project. These CO2 estimates will follow the best available greenhouse gas accounting principles and all calculations will be made as transparent as possible. One of the goals of the Cleveland Climate Action Fund is to equip local non-profit organizations with the Cleveland Climate Action Toolkit to accurately calculate the carbon reduction benefits of their projects and create tangible social and environmental progress for the region.
The Cleveland Carbon Fund and Cleveland Climate Action Fund are one and the same. The name of the organization was changed in 2014 to be consistent with the language of the City of Cleveland Climate Action Plan and Neighborhood Climate Action Toolkit.