Park City Climate Fund Grants – Frequently Asked Questions


What is the purpose of the fund?
The Park City Climate Fund aims to engage greater Park City community members in implementing local, high-impact climate solutions that also have the potential to be effective in similar communities.

How many granting cycles will the fund support?
Five cycles in 5 years – one cycle per year. 2021 represents cycle number 3.

How many grants do we intend to fund?
First grant cycle (2019): three grants were awarded ranging from $50,000 to $75,000. Read more about the grantees here.
Second grant cycle (2020), eight grants were awarded ranging from $14,000 – $50,000. Read more about the grantees here.

The final number of grants per cycle depends on the number of applicants, the requested amounts, and the potential impact.

What if I select one year as the grant spending time frame on the application but it ends up taking longer than a year to complete the project?
The one year versus multiyear selection give us an indication of your expected project time frame, but is not set in stone. If your estimate of the project time frame changes at any point (in the application phase or after a grant is issued), please reach out to Community Foundation staff to let us know. Most important to us is the impact, not necessarily the timeline that it takes to get there. Please note that the amount granted will not be increased even if an extended spending timeline is agreed upon.

Is it important to the Community Foundation that grant recipients leverage the support to get other funding or does the Community Foundation want to be the sole funder?
In terms of selection criteria, it is not a requirement that applicants demonstrate how they would leverage the funds, but we are completely open to that and it could definitely be seen as an advantage. We don’t require the recognition of being the sole funder of a project. Whether additional funds can be leveraged by the applicant from other sources is completely dependent on the nature of the project. Some projects could potentially be fully funded by the Park City Climate Fund, but for other projects, this may only be initial, partial, or seed funding.

In terms of the selection criteria, what is being sought in terms of impact on greenhouse gas emissions or carbon sequestration?
This will depend on the type of project. More technical projects may be able to have more measurable projections for greenhouse gas reductions, whereas community engagement or legislative/advocacy/lobbying-centered projects might have to be more speculative. It is okay to be honest with respect to how definitive estimated numbers may or may not be. The final selection will not be based purely on this one criterion, but rather on a mix of all the selection criteria listed in the guidelines.

What are the geographic limits of the Park City Climate Fund?
The focus of the Park City Community Foundation is programs that serve the greater Park City and Summit County region. There are not strict boundaries; projects can certainly include adjacent areas such as Wasatch County. The intention is that projects have a local connection, but are also potentially replicable and could have ripple effects beyond the local community.

In terms of selection criteria, are partnerships required?
Partnerships are not required. If the project would benefit from partnerships, please feel free to include information about likely partners. If your organization can do the project alone, that is okay too. We don’t want to force partnerships where they are not needed, so we do not require partnerships. If partnerships are an element of the application, they should be there to add value, not to overcomplicate the work.

Are there any restrictions of things that the Park City Climate Fund won’t pay for?
There are no restrictions as of yet. Requests for capital costs, a pilot program, or a feasibility study are allowed, as are many other potential types of project costs. The most important part of the proposal is making a strong case for the potential impact of any particular project, and to indicate how the various budget items contribute to achieving that impact.

To learn more, read about the Park City Climate Fund, read the grant guidelines, and apply online here.