Youth Climate Action Fund

 

                                  

The City of New Orleans, in partnership with the Greater New Orleans Foundation, has been selected to participate in the Youth Climate Action Fund, supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

New Orleans is one of 100 cities around the globe that will receive $50,000 in initial funding and technical assistance to spur youth-driven climate action. 

JOIN THE MOVEMENT!

Are you between the ages of 15-24 years old? Do you want to make a difference in the New Orleans community? Are you ready to take action on climate change  and help the enviroment? If so, the Youth Climate Action Fund (YCAF) Micro-Grant Program is for you!

Vision

To empower young people to design, implement, and govern climate solutions, fostering a more sustainable future.

Goal

To activate youth-led initiatives and address urgent climate challenges in the City of New Orleans. All projects must fit within one or more of the following New Orleans Climate Action Plan priorities: Energy Efficiency, Transportation, Nature-Based Solutions, Circular Economy & Waste Reduction and Data, Research & Engagement.

Eligibility

Open to applicants  between the ages of 15-24 years old who reside in Orleans Parish and whose initiatives directly benefit the city of New Orleans.

Other Eligibility Requirements:

 Proposed project application must be submitted by a youth-serving organization that can accept grant funds:

  •  Entity must have a 501c3  or fiscal sponsor
  •  Must have a bank account in its name and have ability to manage funds.
  •  If youth-led group is not an incorporated entity, they may partner with a fiscal agent that can accept and administer funds.

Award Size

Successful applicants will receive a micro-grant ranging from $1,000 - $5,000 through the Greater New Orleans Foundation in August/September 2024 to fund their projects.

How to Apply

Applications open June 1!  Please check back to apply online. Paper applications will be available at the locations below on June 1, 2024. 

New Orleans Public Libraries:

·       Algiers Regional Library - 3014 Holiday Dr.

·       N.O East Library - 5641 Read Blvd.

·       Keller Library and Community Center - 4300 S. Broad Ave.

·       Norman Meyer Library - 3001 Gentilly Blvd.

NORD-C Centers:

·       Rosenwald Recreation Center - 1120 S. Broad Ave.

·       Lyons Recreation Center - 624 Louisiana Ave.

·       Joe Brown Recreation Center - 5601 Read Blvd.

·       Milne Recreation Center - 5420 Franklin Ave.

Physical applications must be stamped by July 1st and can be mailed to:

Youth Climate Action Fund 

Office of Youth and Families

1300 Perdido St., Suite 4W09

New Orleans, LA 70112

We are excited to see what the brilliant young minds of today can do to combat climate change and benefit our community !

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply?

  • Youth between the ages of 15 and 24 who are a part of a youth-serving organization.  The youth-serving organization has to be able to accept grant funds. If you do not have a sponsor organization, we can help you find a community partner. Please reach out before proceeding.

What is the Youth Climate Action Fund?

  • It's an opportunity fueled by Bloomberg Philanthropies that allows the City of New Orleans to fund micro-grants to rapidly launch and support youth-led climate initiatives. Orleans Parish organizations that serve youth ages 15-24 can apply for funds between $1000 and $5,000 for a project to help facilitate climate action within our city.

What kind of projects are eligible to be funded?

  • Any youth-led (15-24 years of age) project that is focused on sustainability and climate change that directly benefits the City of New Orleans and that is aligned with our Climate Action Plan. Example projects can include school community gardens, waste collection programs, road/waterway clean-ups, renewable energy projects, tree plantings, energy efficiency projects, sustainable transportation projects, etc. Additionally, projects could also include hosting events or organizing online or in-person activities. The list is endless! Be creative!

What can the funds be used for in this project?

  • Funds may be used to cover all project related expenses such as materials, equipment, and community outreach activities.

When should my project start?

  • Your project should commence once you receive the funds, sometime in August or September of 2024. Project must conclude no later than December 2024. (Projects can be single events or can run the entire period of funding August – December).

 

Important Dates

 Application Release Date: June 1, 2024

Application Deadline: July 1, 2024, 11:59pm

Awardees Announcement: First week of August

Mid-term reports due: Mid-October 2024

Projects must be completed, and all funds spent by: December 31, 2024

Final reports due: January 31, 2025

Please come back to apply on June 1, 2024!

                            

For More information, Please contact:

 

The Youth Climate Action Fund is aligned with New Orleans’ first-ever Youth Master Plan, a 10-year (2020-2030) roadmap for creating and sustaining a positive youth development focused, results-oriented New Orleans that works for all of our young people.

This inititative also aligns with The City's Parks Master Plan-The Big Green Easy. To learn more click here.

Bloomberg Youth Climate Action Fund

 

Youth Climate Action Fund  

Greater New Orleans Foundation