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Press Release 28 March 2024

Applications open for Youth Climate Action Fund grants in Northern Ireland

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A new Northern Ireland specific grant round is now open for our Foundation’s Youth Climate Action Fund, which is part funded by Airbnb.

In collaboration with Ulster Wildlife, we’re seeking applications from charities and organisations who are facilitating projects focused on empowering young people to tackle the climate emergency. 

Organisations can apply for grants of up to £40,000 which will be received over two years. The funding will provide successful applicants with access to a framework of resources and training to deliver high quality work with young people. This will utilise the existing Environment and Sustainability Curriculum – Sustainable Youth. The framework was developed by Ulster Wildlife on behalf of the Education Authority Youth Service in Northern Ireland.

To be eligible to apply an organisation must have an annual income of less than £1 million and be based in Northern Ireland.  

Jim Metcalfe, chair of the Energy Saving Trust Foundation, said:

“We’re delighted to partner with Ulster Wildlife to help organisations deliver the vital Sustainable Youth curriculum, with support from Airbnb. We want young people to feel more confident about taking action to address the climate emergency and making their voices heard.”

Alexey Janes, Ulster Wildlife Community Engagement Manger said:

“We know that young people that are connected to nature are happier and healthier, mentally and physically. We also know that young people are the ones inheriting this damaged world and that we need to support them to develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to tackle the dual climate and ecological emergencies.  We are therefore delighted to be working with the Energy Saving Trust Foundation to support young people in Northern Ireland to take part in our “Sustainable Youth” programme”. 

Amanda Cupples, General Manager at Airbnb for Northern Europe said:

“It’s a privilege to be working on this with the Energy Saving Trust Foundation and Ulster Wildlife, providing funding to help more organisations deliver the Sustainable Youth curriculum. At Airbnb, we believe the climate emergency is one of the greatest challenges of our generation and these grants will support further education to empower the inspiring young people taking action in their communities, making a lasting impact on our planet.”

In the last 12 months, our Foundation has awarded 18 grants to organisations in England, Scotland and Wales. These include for projects working with D/deaf, LGBTQ+ and refugee young people as well as those not in education or training.

The deadline for Expression of Interests is Friday 12 April 2024. Successful organisations will be announced in July 2024. For more information and to apply for a grant, visit our application page.

Last updated: 28 March 2024