Environment Program

Monte Matheson fishing

Monte Matheson, an angler and hunter from Port Orford, Oregon, is working with Campaign for America’s Wilderness to protect areas like the Copper-Salmon proposed wilderness. Photo by Barbara I. Bond, courtesy of the Campaign for America's Wilderness.

The Environment Program makes grants to conserve the North American West, expand clean energy, and address climate change.

William and Flora Hewlett recognized the importance of protecting the environment and made this a cornerstone of the Hewlett Foundation's grantmaking. Today, their commitment is expressed through the Foundation’s efforts to tackle complex environmental problems at home and abroad, from creating new Bay Area parks to shifting to clean energy in the United States, Europe, China, and India. Through its grantmaking, the Environment Program pursues four goals designed to protect the environment for future generations.


To achieve these goals, the Environment Program works closely with a wide range of nonprofit organizations and diverse populations that bring varied perspectives and practical experience to our grantmaking. As one element of our grantmaking strategy, the Program tries to build broad support for efforts to conserve the North American West and tackle energy and climate challenges. We do this in part by funding organizations that work to engage groups and individuals whose concerns have not always been part of the traditional environmental movement, like hunters, anglers, and ranchers; Latinos, African Americans, and Native Americans; and medical professionals, veterans, and national security experts. Together, our grantees support public policies that encourage sound management of land, water, and energy.

The Environment Program accepts Letters of Inquiry for its Western Conservation, Energy and Climate, and Serving Bay Area Communities grantmaking. See Environment Program Grantseekers for information about our approach to grantmaking and review the grant guidelines pages for the specific priorities of each Program area.

While the Foundation's grants may be used to support public education, nonpartisan research and analysis, and permissible policy-related activities, the Foundation does not earmark its funds for IRS-defined lobbying activities, which is prohibited by federal law.