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Competition for USA, Canada, and International Organizations, Businesses, and Individuals for Projects to Reduce Greenhouse Gases

Keeling Curve Prize (KCP)

GrantWatch ID# 187547
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Keeling Curve Prize (KCP)
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
Canada:Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/10/23 11:59 PM MST Save

Grant Description
Competition for USA, Canada, and International organizations, businesses, and individuals for innovative projects to reduce greenhouse gases. Winning submissions will receive a $40,000 prize. Eligible projects either eliminate or reduce emissions or increase the uptake of greenhouse gas emissions in the oceans and the atmosphere. Prizes are awarded for ongoing work only (not as a reward for unimplemented ideas or past work).

The KCP team is looking for projects with a proven track record of taking greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere. The Keeling Curve Prize for Excellence will be awarded to two projects in each of the following categories:

  • Carbon Sinks (Natural & Engineered) Projects in this category are advancing technological and nature-based strategies for capturing and/or utilizing heat-trapping gases from the air or oceans. For more information:
  • Energy: Projects in this category decarbonize energy, support zero-carbon energy innovations, and lead the way in improving the supply, distribution, and access of low or zero-emissions energy systems worldwide. For more information:
  • Finance: Projects in this category are making financial mechanisms and economics work for greenhouse gas reduction and/or reversal ventures. For more information:
  • Social and Cultural Pathways: Projects in this category are changing the way people consider, understand, and act concerning human impacts on planet Earth. They are trying to answer the question: what does it take, socially and culturally, to develop beyond fossil fuels? For more information:
  • Transport and Mobility: Projects that apply in this category are reimagining and reinventing all types of vehicles, fuels, and mobility options for both people and products. These projects will confront the carbon footprint of the vehicles themselves and the routes traveled. For more information:


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
KCP accepts applications from a broad range of innovators and climate thinkers, ranging from those elevating tried and true traditional solutions to those pursuing new high-tech frontiers. Whether you are an entrepreneur/startup, a university research group, a non-profit or community leader or an intrapreneur at a large company or organization, KCP wants to hear about the best initiatives to reduce emissions or increase uptake of greenhouse gases.

Applicants that have not received an award are welcome to apply in subsequent years.

Previous prize winners may submit applications for new projects that are different from their previously awarded project and that utilize different methods and approaches to reduce or increase uptake of greenhouse gas emissions.

Applications that are incomplete or that do not meet these requirements will not be considered.

Applications centered on past work, unimplemented ideas or untested hypotheses will not be accepted.

Applications that do not attempt to quantify their emissions reductions or address the project’s functional and financial scalability (Questions #8 through #10) will not be considered.

Pre-Application Information
The prize application period opens on November 1, 2022 and closes at 11:59 PM MST (Mountain Standard Time), February 10, 2023. To be considered, your application must be completed and submitted before this time, and before the cap of 500 applications is reached. For this reason, you are encouraged to submit your application as early as possible.

The application form requires that you designate a primary category for your application, but also allows you to list secondary categories for consideration.

Applications for the Keeling Curve Prize must be submitted in English.

For FAQs,
Eligibility Requirements:

Number of Grants
Two projects will be awarded in each of the five categories.

Estimated Size of Grant

Contact Information
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Applicants can contact the KCP with questions regarding their application by emailing

Keeling Curve Prize
PO Box 7774
Aspen, CO 81612

Phone and Fax: 970.364.6770

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