The Rauschenberg Foundation, which typically gives money to art-related projects, is now also accepting proposals for efforts to combat climate change. Aimed at creating more sustainable living practices, the new Climate Change Solutions Fund awards organizations or individuals directly working with climate scientists or “climate-facing organizations”. The organization is particularly interested in local solutions, and ones which service low-income communities which are often hit hardest. I’m thinking of UPROSE, which is currently working to shore up Sunset Park for future super storms.
The topic can be daunting for artists who traditionally play a peripheral role in society. But the Foundation reminds people that this is an all-hands-on-deck scenario:
Global warming is real, and it is here. It is not a distant threat 10 or 15 years away but very much a part of our everyday lives – from a higher grocery bill to a rise in catastrophic natural disasters.
To some, the role of arts, culture, and creativity may seem frivolous in this context. However, our proposition is that a problem this massive and urgent requires experts in creative problem solving, a skill that is a prerequisite for outstanding artists.
Through December 22nd, applicants can request anything from $25,000 to $150,000 over one or two years. Projects don’t even have to be art-related.