Request for Funding Proposals: Community Climate Action Project for YOUth!

Youth Environmental Network (YEN)

YEN is now accepting funding proposals for Climate Action micro-grants! Read on to see if your project is an eligible recipient partner!

What: grants of max $2,500.00
When: Deadline for applications December 10th, 2006

This project is all about YOUth taking action on Climate Change! This is a National Micro-grants Project presented in Partnership between YEN and Heritage Canada to deliver micro-grants to Canadian youth implementing innovated solutions to Climate Change! If you are youth (16-25 years of age) or part of a youth-driven initiative interested in applying for funding from the Youth Environmental Network’s Youth-led Climate Action Project – Read on!


Youth participation is essential to the development of strong and healthy communities and YEN is happy to announce another season of Micro-grants. YEN, in partnership with Heritage Canada, will distribute up to $30,000.00 for 10-15 micro-grants initiatives across Canada this fall. This is the third year YEN had administered a National Micro-Grants Project for youth, by youth.

Youth-led Climate Action

Creative Leadership in Climate Change Solutions (CLICCS) is a well structured initiative that concentrates on behavioural change. The CLICCS Project is a multi-faceted, cohesive approach to promoting action based community projects among youth. YEN’s primary focus in the CLICCS Project for 2006-2007, is on supporting, reinforcing and networking a strong community of YENGOs across Canada in their youth public awareness, education and action campaigns on climate change issues.


Groups interested in participating in the program are required to submit applications to the YEN using the attached application form. A Youth Selection Committee will assess project proposals and make final recommendations. The committee will award grants to selected youth groups based on the following criteria:

  • The project must be youth-oriented, youth driven;
  • The project must benefit many people and/or groups, not just a few;
  • We want to support projects led and oriented towards youth aged 16–25 (the whole point of the program is based on the peer-to-peer approach);
  • The project must empower/enthusiast individuals and/or groups of individuals towards taking Action on Climate Change (The project must have a central community action and public outreach component);
  • We want to “preach to the unconverted” as well as helping the converted achieving more;
  • We would love to support groups not used to working on ‘environmental’ issues1;
  • Complimentary or in-kind funding MUST be available for the project;
  • Continuity or sustainability of the Project;
  • Originality/Fun;
  • Ability of the organization to manage budgets and achieve deliverables;
  • There must be a diverse core group (rural/urban, Aboriginal, Francophone, northern/southern, regional balance, etc.);
  • Volunteer-based or a paid staff (i.e. no salaries or remunerations may be paid to youth involved via this grant);
  • Supported by the community (2 letters of support are required to attest to this); and
  • Project must secure at least 50% funding (cash or in kind) from the community or other sources.

Micro-grant funded projects must be completed by the end of February 2007.

Funding will not exceed $2,500 per project, up to a maximum of 50% of the estimated project costs.

All right, now it’s time to get out there and create a movement so that it inspires, engages and meets the needs of a greater diversity of Canadian young people! We are excited to read about your ideas - so what are you waiting for?

Onto the application!

Activity Timeline Date
Request for proposalsNovember 15 - December 10, 2006
Selection Committee Project ReviewDecember 11 - 15, 2006
Contracts and first Micro-Grant paymentDecember 18 – January, 2007
Projects Begin
Support, Networking, Project Evaluationon-going
Project wrap-up, Evaluation, Final Reporting, Final payment (30% holdback), Lessons LearnedFebruary 1 - March 31, 2007

The Pilot Program is an element of the Department of Canadian Heritage’s commitment to contribute to a cohesive and creative Canada.

1 Definition of Environment

The YEN understands that the term ‘environment’ encompasses different meanings for different people. While some youth groups have campaigns concentrating on particular elements of our natural environment, others’ campaigns concentrate on elements of our social or political environments. Some groups work holistically, integrating all of these areas and more. The YEN supports any youth group that considers themselves to be working to promote ecologically sound ways of living, either directly or indirectly.

Youth Environmental Network/Réseau environnemental des jeunes
300-945 Wellington rue/ St. Ouest/West,
Ottawa, ON K1Y 2X5
ph. (613) 728 9810 ext. 233 fax: (613) 728.2963
[email protected]

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