Greenest City Generation Green Grants
Are you a young person with a great idea about how to GREEN your school, community or neighbourhood?
The City of Vancouver and Vancouver Foundation have teamed up to help make Vancouver the greenest city by 2020. We’ve created the Greenest City Fund – a four-year, $2 million fund that will support community-led green projects.
We want to support young ideas for green neighbourhoods, so we’re building on the success of last year’s Generation Green program by putting a portion of the Fund towards the Generation Green Grants program.
The Generation Green Grants are reviewed and recommended by Vancouver Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Council (YPC). We’re looking for cool ideas from youth-led organizations, which will make your neighbourhood greener and help meet Vancouver’s Greenest City goals.
For 2012, the Generation Green Grants have a special focus on sustainable food. Project ideas include growing and sharing food; ensuring equitable access to safe and healthy food or reducing energy consumption during food production. However, we are also interested in other great youth ideas to make Vancouver green.
Your proposal needs to meet the criteria below and must benefit your Vancouver neighbourhood.
Applications must come from youth or youth workers through a qualified organization; see what that means here.
Projects must benefit and be undertaken in a Vancouver neighbourhood.
In addition, the YPC focuses on projects that:
are youth driven and/or include youth in their design, implementation and decision-making
build good youth partnerships and connections
increase awareness of the diversity of youth ideas and experiences in communities
Projects must address one or more of the following goals from
the City of Vancouver Greenest City 2020 Action Plan.
- Local food: increasing local food supply.
- Climate and green buildings: reducing energy use.
- Green transportation: enabling active transportation.
- Zero waste: increasing composting, re-use and recycling.
- Access to nature: Access to nature: increasing the urban forest, creating habitat and natural spaces.
- Clean water: conserving drinking water.
- Green economy: supporting social enterprises and greening businesses.
From $1,000 to $10,000 each
(up to $100,000 in grants per year)
Will be made by the YPC Advisory Committee. The Committee reviews applications and makes funding recommendations.
Vancouver Foundation has a two-stage application process. First, submit a Letter of Intent. If your proposal looks like a good fit, we’ll ask you to submit a full grant application. A full description of the YPC granting process can be found here.
Deadline for Letters of Intent
September 14, 2012
Another important way you can help make Vancouver the greenest city by 2020 is by donating to the Greenest City Fund. Your donation, no matter what the amount, will help expand the number of community-led green projects we can support. What’s more, your donation is tax deductible. FIND OUT MORE