Climate Change Funding Framework
Addressing the climate crisis — Opportunities for strategic philanthropy in Australia.
Transforming Australia into a global leader on climate action through the power of philanthropy.
- Members can access the full Framework and organisations working in each area.
- If you are not a member you can find out more below and request a brief.
The framework is organised into five clusters.
The clusters detail the change levers to secure emissions reductions; the sectors that need to be transformed; how to deliver community benefits from climate action; how to build the capacity of the climate sector to get this work done; and how funders can support climate adaptation.
Opportunities and gaps in 2023
The framework outlines all the work that needs to be done as well as the opportunities and gaps right now.
Strategic philanthropy can help seize this moment for climate solutions by prioritising funding the opportunities and gaps.
Details seven change levers that funders can use to accelerate Australia’s transition to a decarbonised future.
They unlock the potential to secure emissions reductions by influencing government policies, businesses, or the community (these levers can shift power towards solutions, apply across all economic sectors and enable systemic change).
Outlines specific steps to achieve pollution reductions in all of Australia’s major emissions sectors.
The sectors that need to be decarbonised to reach zero emissions.
Highlights what opportunities can be gained in terms of jobs, equity, and co-benefits from acting on climate, building a better future for all Australians.
This includes facilitating a just and clean transition for fossil fuel communities and workers and respecting the distinct rights of Aboriginal people.
Focuses on enhancing the capacity of Australia’s climate movement and of funders to get this work done.
Working together we can create impact at scale.
Impacts and adaptation
Acknowledges that with some climate impacts already locked in, Australians will need support to adapt to a changed climate.
While it’s primarily the job of governments, philanthropy can play an important role in filling gaps and supporting advocacy for those most affected.
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The role of philanthropy
Philanthropy has a vital role to play in solving the climate crisis.
The independence and financial freedom of philanthropy, and its ability to fund outside of election cycles, means philanthropy has fortified some of the most critical climate interventions in Australia.
Increasing strategic private sector and philanthropic investment in climate action is central. There is value in government and philanthropy working in partnership to solve difficult climate issues. However, philanthropic funding cannot be seen as an alternative to government funding and strong climate and environmental regulation.