KMA, Bloomberg Philanthropies open applications for $50k youth-led climate projects


City authorities in Kumasi on Wednesday (22 May) inaugurated the Youth Climate Action (YCA) Fund to empower young innovators to combat the climate crisis.

This initiative, spearheaded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, pledges $50,000 to support inventive projects proposed by talented individuals aged 15-24, as announced at the Mayors Innovation Studio during the COP28 UAE Local Climate Action Summit last year.

Under the Youth Climate Action Fund brand mayors will set up a microgrant program in their city and invite youth aged 15 through 24 and their supporting organizations to develop and submit project proposals.

These proposals should align with the city’s established climate goals and reflect innovative plans for youth to engage in climate-related activities that can demonstrate community impact.

Youth proposals will be reviewed by mayoral advisory committees, which will select the most promising projects for funding and implementation by the youth groups. The program initially provides US$50,000 to participating city halls to fund projects that are in line with the city’s climate action strategies.

Interested youth groups are encouraged to access the fund by downloading the application form from starting 22 May and submitting completed forms either online or in person at the KMA Main Office in Adum before 27 June 2024.

Applications will undergo rigorous evaluation by a panel of experts, with the most innovative and impactful proposals securing funding for implementation.

The YCA Fund, slated to operate until September 2024, holds the potential for extension contingent upon performance and impact, with the KMA eligible for an additional $100,000 based on effective outcomes.

City Mayor Samuel Pyne urged the youth to seize this opportunity to contribute to climate solutions, affirming their pivotal role as future leaders and change agents. He implored them to apply for the fund, engage actively, and collaborate in constructing a sustainable and resilient future for Kumasi and beyond.


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