Our approach

We will focus our funding on investments primarily based on four criteria:

Climate impact

Meaningful, measurable climate solutions in the areas of carbon, water, waste, and ecosystems.

Underfunded markets

Investing where the capital need for climate solutions is not being met.

Shared alignment

Technologies that are relevant to Microsoft’s core business and that of our customers.

Climate equity

Ensuring developing economies and underserved communities benefit from climate solutions.


Investing in climate innovation

Below are examples of companies and fund managers in which the Microsoft Climate Innovation Fund has made investment commitments since its launch in 2020.

Who should apply for the Climate Innovation Fund?


We’ll focus on areas such as direct carbon removal, digital optimization, advanced energy systems, industrial materials, circular economy, water technologies, sustainable agriculture, and business strategies for nature-based markets.


The primary focus of the Microsoft Climate Innovation Fund is to:

  • Invest in emerging climate technology solutions that have early commercial traction and need capital to scale in the market
  • Provide project financing to bring existing climate solutions to scale
  • Invest directly in companies, with opportunities to:
    • Scale new innovative solutions in the market
    • Demonstrate the viability of new technologies
    • Partner with other investors to meet the world’s climate objectives

The Microsoft Climate Innovation Fund does not have a mandate to:

  • Provide grants or donations
  • Lead an investment round
  • Take a majority ownership stake in a fund or company
  • Fund publicly traded companies

Apply for funding

Please complete our Microsoft Climate Innovation Fund form for consideration.

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