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Grants in this Area aim to educate audiences about urgent environmental problems, motivate them to take action, and guide them to effective solutions. Our grantees specialize in strategic communication, organizational transformation, or training, and the projects they carry out are informed by cutting-edge work in the natural and social sciences.
The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations do not fund projects that focus primarily on environmental research, technical innovation, or policy. However, we recognize the importance of such work, and we aim for our grants to complement advances in these and other important fields.
AVDF is not currently accepting unsolicited requests to submit proposals, letters of inquiry, or concept papers in this Program Area.
Featured Grant: Climate Advocacy Lab
Numerous surveys show that medical professionals are some of the most trusted messengers among the general public on a range of issues related to public health. Additional research shows that messages that emphasize the ways in which climate change impacts health perform better than messages that highlight other effects of climate change. Further, in a recent 2021 study, a number of health professionals said that they felt a responsibility to talk with their patients and the public about climate and health, while also expressing a need for training on effective communication strategies.
In light of these opportunities and needs, the Climate Advocacy Lab is working to equip 50 health care leaders with the skills to communicate more effectively to their colleagues, their patients, and the general public about the impacts of climate change on health. With grant support from AVDF, Climate Advocacy Lab will run two 6-month training programs, provide ongoing support to the participating trainees, and disseminate guidance on effective communication across a wide network of interested organizations. To learn more, click here.