We catalyze companies and organizations by helping them access funding to develop and scale high-impact climate solutions.
We believe that non-dilutive funding (such as grants, debt, and incentives) is vital to solving the climate challenge: it provides the patient, risk-tolerant capital that many companies and organizations need to develop, deploy, and scale high-impact climate solutions.
However, the non-dilutive funding landscape is difficult to navigate. High barriers to access means that funding resources are not allocated for the highest possible impact and do not meet the urgency of the crisis. CFS provides catalytic services that lower these barriers and ensure that organizations with critical climate solutions are able to access proper funding.
All Power Labs
CFS secured over $4.7M in funding for All Power Labs––$3.2M in grant funding from the California Energy Commission for the development and deployment of our carbon negative biomass gasification technology and $1.5M in equity investment for the company. CFS’ CEO, Joel Armin-Hoiland, has individually secured more than $6.2 million in additional grant funding for All Power Labs––bringing his total raised for the company to over $10M in the last seven years. He provided APL with on-time, thorough, trenchant writing that would be an asset to any organization in need of grant funding, as well as technology, commercialization, and project development in the US and around the globe. Joel’s deep understanding of the economy of funders, broad knowledge of climate and its intersection with public policy, and excellent writing skills are highly recommended. Our recent contracts with Climate Finance Solutions to support the development of multiple multi-million-dollar grant-funded projects has continued this tradition of providing high-quality, professional, and comprehensive work product.
Our small startup realized we were not in a position to win a competitive bid with a large company unless we had help wading through the enormous and highly technical application. CFS came highly recommended, and immediately organized the entire project and proposal, and integrated very well with our team. Not only did they edit the material that we generated, but they quickly understood the complexities of our technology and market, well enough to write much of the content for us. They were always very responsive, including by text, and guided us through the entire process. We ended up winning the $150,000 bid. We love working with CFS and feel lucky to have found them.
Seeking to bolster our development team’s internal resources, Bet Tzedek turned to CFS to help us respond to an RFP released by the US Department of Justice. CFS navigated the complex government requirements and quickly coordinated with our program and finance teams to craft the narrative and budget for this federal grant. The $500,000 award we received will have a significant impact on our client community. We have since used Joel and his team for other large state grants, totaling over $400,000. We appreciate their thoughtful and collaborative approach, their understanding of the labyrinth-like nature of government funding streams, and the consistently deft handling of unexpected challenges.
International Biochar Initiative
CFS worked with us to successfully secure a $1.8 million grant from a leading food and agriculture-focused foundation, which will have a transformative impact on our organization. In addition to helping develop the proposal, CFS provided critical expertise and support in project design, organizational development, financial and fundraising strategy, and other critical activities that were essential to being able to win the large award. Working with CFS was easy and rewarding, with their clear and consistent communication and highly organized workflows. Their team is experienced, personable, and professional and we cannot recommend them enough.
We have been working with CFS since June of 2021 and they have since become a close partner and essential component of our fundraising strategy. CFS was able to comprehensively map the non-dilutive funding landscape and help us identify the highest priority funding opportunities for us to pursue. They also helped us win a NSF SBIR grant and we have millions more in funding pending, including being shortlisted for various grants. We have found their team to not only have expert knowledge about the funding process, but also have a technical depth that makes it easy to work with them on complex projects. They are incredibly professional and we feel comfortable having them represent our company in conversations with partners and funders alike. We look forward to continuing to work with them for a long time.