Application Deadline: June 16, 2023

Applications are open for the Global Youth Climate Action Fund (GYCAF) Microgrants 2023. 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.

The Global Youth Climate Action Fund (GYCAF) is dedicated to financing youth-led climate action in communities hardest hit by the impacts of climate change. The idea for the fund was birthed at COP25 and developed over a three-month consultation period that involved virtual dialogues with finance experts to help curate a vehicle that supports and champions youth-led climate action.

Target Areas

Sustainable Agriculture: smart agriculture to ensure food sustainability.

Clean Energy: powering communities in need of light and energy.

Oceans: protecting marine life and mitigating climate catastrophes.

Capacity Building: empowering youth with entrepreneurship skills.

Green Stewardship: protecting biodiversity and influencing behavioral change.

Technology and Innovation: breakthroughs that solve climate-related problems.


Successful applicants will be awarded grants between USD $500 – USD $1,000, depending on the grantee application.


• Open to Youth-led organizations (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.

Selection Criteria

Goal Alignment:

• Goal aligns with GYCAF vision of realizing youth projects in sustainability.

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.

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).


• Individuals who are motivated and committed to the project.

• Demonstrates cohesion and excellent group dynamics with a clear understanding of the roles and responsibilities.


• 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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