PopUp Funding Opportunity for Youth Organizing on Climate Change

Laidlaw Foundation

Relevent Country: Canada

The Laidlaw Foundation has launched PopUP Grants up to $2,500 to support projects and events created by youth that address climate change.

The fight for climate change is at a turning point. Every day, young people are vocal and active on the urgency to address environmental issues. They see an opportunity to support youth concerned about the generational impact and legacies of climate change by creating change related to the environment in their communities.

The planet needs urgent action. Haudenosaunee philosophy states that words, work, and actions should reflect on the seven generations before them and consider those that come seven generations after them. When it comes to environmental issues, they want to amplify multiple perspectives including the leadership from Indigenous efforts and initiatives.

Projects Could Include

  • Knowledge mobilization and research
  • Awareness campaigns to navigate climate change, e.g, waste management PSA
  • Advocacy efforts, e.g., lobby day, speaking with elected officials, petitions
  • Indigenous initiatives protecting land, e.g, mercury poisoning in Grassy Narrows, boil-water advisories in Indigenous communities,
  • Community clean ups
  • Addressing environmental racism
  • Coordinated efforts to tackle climate change
  • Projects should adhere to current and most up to date health and safety guidelines. Please consider how your project could pivot should COVID-19 restrictions change during the duration of your project.

Funding Information

They encourage applicants to be creative and tell them what they can do with funds up to $2,500.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Youth-led groups, organizations, and/or visionaries between the ages of 14-30. These can be new grassroots groups, collectives, incorporated nonprofits, or organizations with charitable status. At least two individuals should be leading this project.
  • All activities should take place in Ontario or be Ontario-focused
  • Project length should be from 3-6 months (they understand COVID-19 might cause delays or setbacks to your timeline).
  • Project must address climate change.

Source: https://laidlawfdn.org/popup-grant.html