ICLEI USA Action Fund

ICLEI USA will partner with non-governmental organizations in U.S. cities to develop and implement highly visible and replicable local climate action projects that are data-driven, impactful, and action-oriented.

Funding for Local Climate Action

Made possible through funding from Google.org, ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability USA, Inc. (ICLEI USA) will provide three awards of $1,000,000 to U.S. non-governmental organizations to take further local climate action by funding projects that are data-driven, highly replicable, and action-oriented. Through the ICLEI USA Action Fund, ICLEI USA aims to accelerate local climate action by reducing the effects of climate change by helping cities reduce their emissions and become more resilient.

Questions? Please email your inquiries about the ICLEI Action Fund USA to actionfundusa@iclei.org

ICLEI USA Action Fund Timeline

Round One Applicants

One Award*

ICLEI USA invited eight finalists for Round One to submit a full proposal after their expression of interest application by mid-July. The status of the ICLEI USA Action Fund Round One award will be announced by early September. 

*With support from Google.org, ICLEI USA reserves the right to NOT fund a project if none of the applicants meets a scoring threshold. 

Round Two Applicants

Two Awards*

Round Two was an exclusive invitation of 19 cities to apply (no counties and no regions) provided by ICLEI USA. The following cities were invited to nominate a project and a non-governmental organization (NGO) partner for implementation.

Below is the timeline for the ICLEI USA Action Fund Round Two:

  • Review Terms and Conditions, Request for Proposal, and Scoring Sheet  (July 15th, 2022)
  • Cities identify desired activity to support (August 5th, 2022)
  • Secure nonprofit or academic partner(s) (August 15th, 2022)
  • Proposals due (September 15th, 2022)
  • Awards made (October)
  • Prepared detailed project plan and contracting (November)
  • Project timeline (December 2022 – September 2024)

Together, the local government and NGO will submit a formal proposal to ICLEI USA by September 15th. ICLEI USA will announce Round Two ICLEI Action Fund USA awards in early October during Daring Cities

*Depending on the status of Round One ICLEI Action Fund USA applicants, Round Two may have three awardees instead of two awardees. 

Press Corner

Thank you for your interest in the ICLEI USA Action Fund. For media requests, please contact:

Anne Marie Cleary Rauker
Communications Officer