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Stiftung Mercator

StiftungMercatorSupport for low-carbon energy and other social and economic changes in Germany and internationally to reduce greenhouse gases

Principal Office: Germany

Stiftung Mercator is among the largest private foundations in Germany. It is organized into three centers: science and humanities; education; and international affairs. Mercator’s international interests focus mainly on pan-Europe, Turkey, and China.

The foundation defines themes that cut across its work in all three centers, one of which is climate change.

Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources

Climate Change. The foundation supports actions in energy, transport, and land use that reduce human-caused emissions of greenhouse gases.

The foundation focuses its actions for climate protection on Germany. However, it promotes an interest in climate protection at the pan-European level, and it supports broader international cooperation to prevent dangerous climate change.

Particular interests are climate and culture, low-carbon future cities, and the intersection of climate change with international affairs — e.g., in relation to the foundation’s work with China.

Grant size is highly variable, ranging from less than €20 thousand (e.g., for meetings and other events) to over €3 million for multi-year programs and projects.

About the theme

APPLICATION: Applicants read the foundation’s grant-making guidelines and submit applications in either German or English.

German-based organizations may apply for funding for a project outside Germany. Organizations with headquarters outside Germany are eligible for funding only if they meet all the requirements of German non-profit law.

A draft proposal requires a project description; timeline; budget; and definition of where the project will take place. Additionally, applicants need to address issues of measuring project performance and insuring project sustainability.

Draft proposals can be submitted at any time; there is no calendar deadline.  The Foundation invites full applications from selected applicants.

About how to apply

Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries

East Asia: China

Eurasia and Central Asia: Turkey


The foundation’s website is available in German and English.

FAQ for applicants provides a good overview.

The grants database includes grants since 2008.

The foundation provides its contact information in Essen, Germany.

Last Profile Review

 December 2015