Pew Charitable Trust Environmental Program


Contact Information


The environment program aims to promote policies and practices that protect the global atmosphere and preserve healthy forest and marine ecosystems.

Funding Interests

The mission of the environment program is to reduce the generation of greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming, conserve living marine resources with a particular emphasis on fisheries and protect critical forest habitat and wilderness on public lands in North America. The trusts employ numerous approaches in pursuit of these goals, including highly targeted public education, issue campaigns aimed at creating conditions that encourage sound environmental policy decisions by government, litigation and applied scientific research. Much of the environmental work undertaken by the trusts is designed by program staff working in collaboration with potential partners and selected experts in specific fields.

Geographic Focus


Types of Support

Project and general operating support

Grant Size

$5000 to $600000

Requirements & Limitations

The trusts make grants only to organizations classified as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The vast majority of grants are awarded to public charities. The trusts do not make grants to individuals or to for-profit organizations. Applications for global warming are only accepted at the invitation of the trustees. There are different limitations for each program, check the Pew web site for complete details.

Application Process

After reviewing the guidelines and other information, submit a brief letter of inquiry, preferably less than three pages long. See website for more information regarding the letter of inquiry.


If a proposal is considered appropriate for board review, it will be slated for the next available opening on a board agenda. The board agenda is completed approximately four months before the board meets. The board meets quarterly, generally in March, June, September and December.

Recent Grants

Grant 1

Grantee: Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition, The Columbia and Snake Rivers Recovery Campaign
Amount: $1250000
Purpose: To help restore salmon populations in the Columbia and Snake Rivers.<br><br>

Grant 2

Grantee: Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund, Campaign for Americas Wilderness<br>
Amount: $3250000

To support the Campaign for America's Wilderness, to coordinate and encourage public education initiatives to enhance wilderness protection efforts in five states.

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