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.


Projects under the following areas are accepted

  1. Sustainable Agriculture: smart agriculture to ensure food sustainability.
  2. Clean Energy: powering communities in need of light and energy. 
  3. Oceans: protecting marine life and mitigating climate catastrophes.
  4. Capacity Building: empowering youth with entrepreneurship skills. 
  5. Green Stewardship: protecting biodiversity and influencing behavioral change.
  6. 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.


  1. Goal Alignment
  • Goal aligns with GYCAF vision of realizing youth projects in sustainability
  1. 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
  1. 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) 
  1. Team
  • Individuals who are motivated and committed to the project
  • Demonstrates cohesion and excellent group dynamics with a clear understanding of the roles and responsibilities
  1. Implementability
  • 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


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