Funding Announced for Jewish Climate Action in advance of Earth Day

Jewish Climate Leadership Coalition | Powered by Adamah

In time for Earth Day (April 22, 2023), Adamah (the new name of merged organizations Hazon-Pearlstone) is thrilled to announce the launch of its $1,000,000+ Climate Action Fund. The Fund includes both interest-free loans and matching grants to support Jewish community organizations in undertaking climate solutions that will reduce organizational greenhouse gas emissions. Currently the Fund includes the following funding programs:

  • Climate Grant Fund (National), providing matching grants of up to $10,000 per organization per year.
  • Climate Grant Fund (Orange County), providing matching grants of up to $10,000 (or up to $36,000 for solar panel installations) for organizations in Orange County, CA
  • Climate Loan Fund (National), providing interest-free loans of up to $100,000.
  • Climate Loan Fund (Baltimore), providing interest-free loans of up to $170,000. This fund is open to all not-for-profit organizations within Baltimore.

Adamah plans to add additional regional grant and loan funding programs in the coming months.

Adamah’s Climate Action Fund is open to members of the Jewish Climate Leadership Coalition, a network of Jewish community organizations who recognize the existential threat and moral urgency of the climate crisis and commit to take action. In 2022, Adamah launched the Coalition in partnership with twenty founding partners who represent major national and international umbrella organizations of Jewish life (including Jewish Federations of North America, Jewish Funders Network, Hillel International, and JCC Association of North America). Since publicly launching the Coalition six months ago, over 190 Jewish community organizations across North America have signed on, committing to develop organizational climate action plans that will focus on both reducing their institutional emissions and mobilizing their broader Jewish networks to engage in climate action.

There is no cost to join the Coalition. Any Jewish organization in North America is eligible for membership.

The launch of Adamah’s Climate Action Fund is timely. Not only do we celebrate Earth Day later this month, but just last month, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN body for assessing the science related to climate change, released its latest report, making devastatingly clear the urgency around climate action. Through the Jewish Climate Leadership Coalition, Adamah is coordinating a collective Jewish response to the climate crisis – and the launch of the Climate Action Fund will help propel organizations to implement the kinds of climate solutions necessary to make a meaningful impact and demonstrate Jewish leadership on this crucial issue.

“This coalition represents an unprecedented mobilization of the Jewish world towards meaningful Jewish climate action, at pace and at scale. Our Action team supports our coalition members with great expertise in emissions reductions, and with the launch of our Climate Action Funds, there’s simply no reason why Jewish leaders everywhere can’t join this effort to secure a livable future for our children.”

Jakir Manela, CEO of Adamah

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We believe in the centrality of adam and adamah, people and planet. We cultivate vibrant Jewish life in deep connection with the earth, catalyzing culture change and systemic change through immersive retreats, Jewish environmental education and climate action.

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