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Laughing Gull Foundation Announces $1.8 million in Funding to Climate & Environment Organizations in the US South

Grants will support partners as they build power, conduct community-led advocacy and civic engagement, and promote climate and energy solutions to address intersecting crises.  

Durham, NC – The Laughing Gull Foundation (LGF) is pleased to announce the approval of $1,800,000 in grants awarded to 25 Climate & Environment organizations in the US South. The grants will fortify the work of frontline organizations to make progress in a region that is leading the way towards a more just, equitable, sustainable future. 

“LGF’s grantee partners shine light on what’s possible through creativity, innovation, and insistence on an evolving conversation, from greenhouse gas emissions to an intersectional justice movement with directly impacted people and communities leading the way. Our partners give us hope that if we work together in this moment of urgency, we can create a better future for present and future generations.” 

– Dr. LaTonya Penny, LGF Chief Executive


This year marks the third year of Climate and Environment program grantmaking for LGF, advancing the organization’s mission to leverage its resources to transform systems, institutions, and relationships for the benefit of people and the planet. Climate and Environment program investments help to amplify broad public support that exists for regional climate action in the US South and advance equitable solutions that can be implemented at the speed and scale needed to avert the worst climate change impacts. In its grantmaking strategy, LGF prioritizes community engagement, capacity-building, advocacy support, and equity-first approaches. 

“The time to act on climate is now. LGF’s grantee partners, predominantly led by Black, Brown, and Indigenous leaders are engaged in multi-issue approaches to transforming systems of oppression that cause disproportionate impacts with climate change. These groups are centering racial equity as they work to boldly and quickly transform our society, helping avert the most catastrophic consequences of the climate crisis.”  

– Cynthia Renfro, LGF Senior Program Consultant, Climate & Environment Program

Alongside providing direct, multi-year, general operating support to the following 25 grantees, LGF collaborates with other funders and funding networks to leverage resources and more robustly align and mobilize support for climate and environment organizations that advance change.   

LGF’s Climate and Environment Fund awarded grants to the following organizations this year:  

Appalachian Voices - Boone, NC 

Black Family Land Trust - Durham, NC

Building Equity and Alignment for Environmental Justice Fund - Calabasas, CA 

Center for Heirs Property Preservation - Charleston, SC 

* Climate Advocacy Lab - Washington, DC

Federation of Southern Cooperatives - East Point, GA 

Georgia Conservation Voters Education Fund - Atlanta, GA 

Gulf South for a Green New Deal - New Orleans, LA 

Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor - Beaufort, SC

* Justice40 Accelerator - Atlanta, GA

Land Loss Prevention Project - Durham, NC 

Neighborhood Funders Group Amplify Fund - Oakland, CA 

New Virginia Majority Education Fund - Richmond, VA

North Carolina Climate Justice Collective - Durham NC 

* North Carolina Environmental Justice Network - Raleigh, NC

Partnership for Southern Equity - Atlanta, GA 

Power Coalition for Equity & Justice - New Orleans, LA 

RedTailed Hawk Collective - Pembroke, NC 

* The Roanoke Center (TRC) - Rich Square, NC 

Rural Empowerment Association for Community Help - Warsaw, NC 

* Rural Investment to Protect our Environment (RIPE) - Washington, DC

Southeast Climate and Energy Network - Sunrise, FL 

Southwest Georgia Project - Albany, GA 

SOWEGA Rising Coalition - Albany, GA

Virginia Organizing - Charlottesville, VA 


*New Grantee Partners 

For more information on LGF's Climate and Environment Program strategies, approaches, priorities, and impact, please click below.

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