We are currently accepting applications for the second round of the Acceleration Fund!

The Acceleration Fund is dedicated to supporting innovative cross-sector climate action activities driven by colleges and universities.  The Acceleration Fund was first introduced last year at the 2020 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit.  Projects awarded funding in 2020 fostered long-term, campus-community partnerships and had the potential to scale climate action activities beyond a single-year grant term. 

Similarly, for this second round of funding, Second Nature will be awarding funding for projects that focus on long-term, campus-community partnerships.  However, this year, preference will be given to those projects that place an explicit emphasis on climate justice/equity and engaging with communities of color.

Applications for this second round will be accepted until 5PM EDT on Friday, April 30, 2021.


Who Is Eligible to Apply?

Colleges/universities who are Climate Leadership Network signatories and/or University Climate Change Coalition (UC3) members are eligible to apply.  NOTE: Colleges and universities that were awarded funding in the first round are not eligible to apply for funding in this second round. 


What Projects Are Eligible?
Projects eligible for the funding include those that would use the funding for implementation of existing climate action projects or to support climate action planning activities.  As noted above, funds will awarded to projects that focus on innovative, long-term, cross-sector climate action that have the potential to scale campus-community activities beyond the grant term (i.e. end of June 2022).  Again, preference will also be given to those projects that place an explicit emphasis on climate justice/equity and engaging with communities of color.  


How to Apply?
Apply Here
We strongly encourage reading through the FAQs (see further down) first before completing the application.   

Application period opens: Thursday, April 1, 2021
Application Deadline (5PM EDT): Friday, April 30, 2021 
Review of Applications: May 2021 
Announcement of Awards: Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Collection of Awardee Information & Disbursement of Funds: by Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Please review the “FAQs” below. After doing so, if you still have questions, please contact:
Alex Maxwell ([email protected]).

Funding for the Acceleration Fund – Second Round
was made possible by Lumina Foundation.

Submit Your Application

Once you are ready to apply, please click on "Apply Here" to complete and submit your application.

Apply Here

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Have questions about this Second Round? Your questions may be answered in our FAQs. If you still have questions after reading through the FAQs, do not hesitate to contact us!

Read the FAQs

Acceleration Fund - Round One

If you are interested in learning more about the inaugural round of the Acceleration Fund - which colleges/universities were awardees, and more - be sure to visit the Round One page.

Visit the Round One Page