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V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation

VKannRasmussenFoundationGrants to address threats caused by climate change, unsustainable consumption, and loss of biodiversity

Principal Office: USA


The V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation (VKRF) was established in 1991 to strengthen environmental research. Current issues in VKRF are climate change, unsustainable consumption, and loss of biodiversity.

VKRF favors projects that take stock of the scale of environmental problems; use a systems approach to achieve change; link policy, advocacy, and practical solutions; have international significance and perspective; and are based on original thinking and creative ideas.

Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources

Ecosystems, Sustainability, and Communication and Leadership. VKRF makes grants in three categories.

  • Ecosystems Resilience, Protection, and Restoration — The Foundation is interested in projects that address ecosystem services over large-scale geographic areas, including over many countries and continents. Related topics are agro-biodiversity, and natural greenhouse gas sequestration and storage with the potential for large-scale impact.
  • Ecological Stability — This theme refers to economic models of living within global limits, and practical implementation of changes to a stable global ecosystem. The theme also includes sustainable consumption, production, and land use.
  • Communication and Leadership — This refers to communicating about sustainable use of water, energy, and food resources; innovative initiatives to enhance international cooperation and knowledge-sharing; and leadership in the next generation.

The Foundation works primarily in the USA on issues that are national and international. Funding that is external to the U.S. must be multinational and not focus on any specific country, region, or continent.­­

Grants are made to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in the USA, as well as through fiscal sponsors that have 501(c)(3) status.

About the program

APPLICATION: Each year, VKRF holds two open submissions for Letters of Inquiry (LOIs). VKRF posts the submission deadlines.

A LOI describes project background, objectives, approach, and anticipated results. Applicants include a line item budget and audited financial statements.

Based on its evaluation of the LOIs, VKRF invites a limited number of applicants to submit full proposals.

About how to apply

(Note: There will be no new funding rounds in 2018 and 2019.)

Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries



Applicants should carefully review VKRF’s funding restrictions.

VKRF lists recent grant recipients.

The Foundation posts contact information for its office in New York.

Last Profile Review

June 2019