Youth Climate Action Grants

City of Toronto’s

Relevent Country: Canada

The City of Toronto is currently accepting applications for the Youth Climate Action Grants to provide funding to Toronto District School Board (TDSB) student-led projects, activities and events.

The grant will provide funding to projects, activities and events that:

  • Educate and engage students, families and/or community members on climate change and climate actions
  • Help reduce of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Toronto
  • Advance the principles, priorities and actions of the TransformTO Net Zero Strategy
  • This program is a partnership between the City and Toronto District School Board (TDSB).

Funding Information

  • Grant funding up to $1,000 is available.

Eligible Projects

  • Proposed projects must:
  • be created and delivered by TDSB students;
  • satisfy an objectives of the grant program:
  • educate and engage students, families and/or community members on climate change and climate actions; and/or
  • reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Toronto.
  • take place only in the city of Toronto;
  • satisfy TDSB rules, including approved educational programming partners; and
  • have all necessary TDSB approvals and permission from the school Principal.
  • Examples of eligible projects include:
  • workshops, demonstrations and group activities provided by TDSB approved environmental partners.
  • education campaigns (e.g., waste reduction, energy conservation, active transportation)
  • repair events (e.g., bikes, clothing, electronics)
  • exchange or swap events (e.g., clothing, books, toys, sports equipment)
  • activities that enhance the existing school curriculum
  • educational videos
  • guest speakers
  • educational field trips specific to the grant objectives (must be a shared cost)
  • virtual learning
  • community climate events.
  • social media campaigns
  • sustainable transportation events (e.g., bike rodeos, idle-free vehicle blitz)
  • school ground revitalizations (e.g., food gardens, outdoor classrooms).

Eligibility Criteria

  • Student-led groups consisting of two or more TDSB students from grades JK to 12 are eligible to apply. A TDSB staff member must serve as the project supervisor.
  • Student-led group can include:
  • classroom projects
  • school clubs and teams
  • student councils
  • student groups that partner with parent councils
  • student-teacher collaborations
  • Ineligible applicants include:
  • individual students
  • teachers (without student collaboration)
  • multiple groups from the same classroom
  • principals and vice-principals
  • TDSB Facility Services, Administration and Trustees
  • for-profit businesses
  • grant making organizations
  • TDSB approved vendors
  • community organizations
  • registered charitable organizations and/or non-profit environmental organizations
  • school groups allied with political parties