The Alaska Conservation Foundation is seeking applications for its Youth Mini-Grant program that aims to support youth-led projects that address conservation issues in Alaska. These include climate change, community health, racial and social inequity, and sustainable economies.
The Youth Mini-Grant Program aims to empower youth leaders as they invest in their communities, become mentors, and delve into issues of social justice impacting Alaska’s cultures, communities, and well-being.
The Youth Mini-Grant supports youth-led conservation projects in the following areas:
- Climate Change: The Youth Mini-Grant supports the documentation and application of Indigenous Knowledge, place-based climate-change strategies, or other ways of understanding and addressing climate change in Alaska.
- Food Security: Biologically diverse local food sources are key to community wellness, connection to the land and water, and fundamental to conservation. The Youth Mini-Grant supports projects related to conservation, harvest, traditional food practices, and sharing of local foods.
- Community Health and Wellness: Holistic wellness includes cultural, social, mental, and physical health. The Youth Mini-Grant supports work that aims to advance community health of mind, body, and spirit.
- ACF will award grants up to $500
- If multiple youth plan to collaborate on a project together, a proposal for multiple awards can be considered together.
- Existing Staff Salaries;
- Expenses that violate local, state, or federal COVID-19 mandates;
- For-profit organizations;
- Capital Campaigns.
- Successful projects will center youth empowerment and youth leadership will be fiscally sponsored by a 501c3 nonprofit organization, Tribe, or equivalent organization, and will have a conservation focus.
- Preference will be given to applications from rural and indigenous youth.
- All applicants need to be Alaska-based, or if attending school elsewhere, have an Alaska-focused project. In order to be eligible for a Youth Mini-Grant, youth applicants must find a fiscal sponsor in the form of one of the following:
- 501(c)3 nonprofit organization;
- Federally Recognized Tribe;
- Public School;
- Other equivalent organizations.
- In addition to a fiscal sponsor, successful applicants will also have an adult mentor/sponsor.
For more information, visit https://alaskaconservation.org/community-resources/grant-opportunities/youth-mini-grant/