Climate action workshops & funding
Opportunities for youth-led climate action.
Our grants and workshops support youth-led climate and environmental initiatives.
Climate Action Grants
Clean Climate Action Grants help youth in Nova Scotia take action to address climate change in their communities. These grants of up to $500 can be used to turn a project idea into a reality.
Youth may apply individually or as groups with support from a teacher, community leader, or other adult mentor (age 19+) who will oversee their project.
Two rounds of funding will be offered in the 2023-24 school year:
- Round 1 – Application deadline: November 30, 2023
- Round 2 – Application deadline: March 28, 2024
Climate Action Workshops
This Fall, Clean is pleased to offer even more ways for youth to engage with climate action.
Book us to come to your school for a hands-on learning experience that leads to real climate action!
Workshops to launch Fall 2023.
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Climate Action Grants
Download your free teacher and student application guides below for the full application process.
Who is eligible?
Clean Climate Action Grants are available to youth across Nova Scotia in grades primary to 12. Youth may apply individually or as a group. Project groups can be made up of friends, a school class, a club/team, or another community youth group.
Projects must take place within Nova Scotia.
Youth must have a teacher or other adult mentor (age 19+) identified in the application process. This individual will be responsible for receiving funds, supporting youth actions, and communicating with Clean on project activities.
Any fundraising done in conjunction with this grant must also further climate action efforts.
How much funding can I apply for?
You can apply for a maximum of $500 towards your climate action project. There is no minimum application amount.
Is this project aligned with the Nova Scotia curriculum?
Across different grade levels and courses, youth-led climate action projects can help meet specific curriculum outcomes related to environmental science, sustainable development, citizenship, and social action.
What are some examples of youth-led climate action projects?
Here are some examples of youth-led climate action projects that you could take on with the help of a Clean Climate Action Grant!
- Plant a pollinator meadow in your neighborhood or on your school grounds using plant species that are native to Nova Scotia.
- Reduce the need for single-use items by purchasing reusable cutlery, dishes, mugs, or hand towels for your school or a local community center.
- Host a clothing swap, start a mini thrift store at your school or teach other youth how to up-cycle old textiles (such as clothing, sheets, and towels) into useful new items.
- Organize a local food showcase where you cook a community meal for your school or neighborhood featuring local, in-season food items grown here in Nova Scotia.
- Create beautiful artwork with climate-related messages to spread awareness in your community. Paint a mural (with permission) on the side of a local building or host an art show.
- Make a ‘zine’ about climate action and the environment. Work with friends & classmates to gather creative entries for your zine, like art, poetry, recipes, creative writing and photos.
- Purchase public transit passes and host an event to promote public transportation. You could teach others how to use transit safely and ride the bus or ferry together as a group.
- Set up outdoor compost bins in your school yard or an indoor vermicompost (worm composting) system at your school to turn food waste into rich soil for gardening.
- Lead a nature walk, group bike ride or other outdoor recreation activity to help people in your community connect with nature and learn about active transportation.
How involved should youth be?
Youth participants in grades primary to 12 should be involved throughout the process of envisioning and implementing the climate action project. The degree of youth leadership on the project will depend on the age and maturity of the youth involved.
Elementary-aged children can help brainstorm project ideas, vote for their favorite and think through the project steps. They can also be highly involved in the hands-on implementation of the project. The adult mentor may need to submit the online application and develop the project budget.
Junior high and high school-aged youth may come up with their own project ideas, think through the steps required and write their own draft responses to the application questions. Support and advice from the adult mentor may be required for creating the budget and finalizing the application responses.
How do I apply?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive your free teacher & student application guides to read the full application process.
Here’s a short summary of what’s required in your application:
- Project title and description
- Benefits of the project
- Summary of the step-by-step action plan
- List of items to be purchased
- Contact information for adult mentor
- Information about the youth group
Note: Applications will not be reviewed until after the nearest deadline. If your action project is seasonal or time-sensitive and cannot wait until the deadline, please reach out to email@example.com. We will be happy to work with you to find a solution.
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