Nature-Based Climate Action Grant

From The Lumpkin Family Foundation

The Lumpkin Family Foundation supports people working together to build healthy, sustainable communities in East Central Illinois and across the US.

Type of Support


The Nature-Based Climate Action Program supports projects that use natural systems to address climate change, the threats of extreme weather and habitat loss that contributes to the extinction of vital species. Natural systems solutions—which include the preservation or restoration of critical eco-systems such as forests, prairies and wetlands—have the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase carbon sequestration.

We seek measurable environmental impact in the form of carbon drawdown and habitat restoration. We are interested in projects that can:

  • Increase community engagement and support for action to combat climate change;
  • Promote broad community understanding and policy change with respect to climate change and habitat loss;
  • Contribute to climate science in ways that increases the effectiveness of future land uses or action; and,
  • Model action for other organizations and communities.

Examples of projects we would welcome from nonprofit organizations include (but are in no way limited to):

  • Purchases of targeted land tracts for restoration or preservation of high plant diversity that may greatly increase carbon capture
  • Large scale carbon farming demonstrations using trees, prairie or wetlands that monitor drawdown and contribute to climate science
  • Projects that activate communities, stimulate media coverage, and encourage greater understanding of climate change by the public
  • Tree planting projects in small cities and towns
  • Large scale demonstrations of regenerative agriculture directed at advancing policy or supporting market-based change like the creation of a viable carbon market


Organization's Location
Program Location
IL (East Central Illinois)
Organization Type
  • We encourage prospective grantees to contact us to discuss their potential proposal and its possible fit with our guidelines.
  • We give preference to rural organizations, small cities and towns.
  • We are especially interested in programs or projects that connect communities.
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You may submit applications every year.
Step 1: Letter of Inquiry
Step 2: Full proposal (check website)
Required Attachments
Letter of Inquiry (LOI)
Contact info
Daniel Doyle
(312) 646-0413