2022 Global Youth Climate Action Fund (GYCAF) Microgrants
Deadline: February 11, 2022.
The GYCAF initiative is the first of it’s kind climate fund dedicated to financing youth-led climate action around the world. The idea for the fund was birthed over a three months consultation period that involved virtual dialogues with finance experts to help curate a vehicle that supports and champions youth-led climate action. The GYCAF is hosted by BLI Global.
GYCAF envisions a world where young people are given the resources to pursue green entrepreneurship and create a green economy with the goal of lowering carbon emissions and conserving the environment.
MICROGRANTS FOCUS AREAS
Projects under the following areas are accepted
- Sustainable Agriculture: smart agriculture to ensure food sustainability.
- Clean Energy: powering communities in need of light and energy.
- Oceans: protecting marine life and mitigating climate catastrophes.
- Capacity Building: empowering youth with entrepreneurship skills.
- Green Stewardship: protecting biodiversity and influencing behavioral change.
- Technology and Innovation: breakthroughs that solve climate-related problems.
- Youth-led organization (80 percent majority-owned; the definition of youth adopted is under 30 years of age)
- Strong motivation on creating change or an impact in the community through grassroots activism
- Conducting grassroots activism in their community
- Seeking grants to kick-start or support already existing initiatives
- Clear environment and socio-economic impacts of the project/initiative
- A clear idea of how to use the funds and why this grant will be useful to create more value and impact for the project
- Demonstrates well-planned project, with well-developed strategy, timeline, budgeting, and team management
Successful applicants will be awarded grants between USD 500 – USD 1,000, depending on the grantee application.
- Goal Alignment
- Goal aligns with GYCAF vision of realizing youth projects in sustainability
- Functionality and Relevance
- Understand the audience and relevance of the project to the intended audience
- Determine how the project addresses a problem that is not currently or sufficiently being addressed
- Financial Planning
- Great financial awareness with a clear idea of the project finances to be sustainable (including a clear budget/needs table)
- A clear understanding of how the team plans to meet the financial needs of the project
- Understanding long-term financial implications of the project (if relevant)
- Individuals who are motivated and committed to the project
- Demonstrates cohesion and excellent group dynamics with a clear understanding of the roles and responsibilities
- Demonstrates clear impact with a focus on the community
- Have a clear timeline for implementation of the project
- Understand the key barriers to the successful deployment of the project and how the team plans on overcoming them