Freetown City Council (FCC) called for the submission of proposals on climate actions ranging USD 1,000 and USD 5,000 grants under the Bloomberg Youth Climate Action Fund for Freetown youths to implement led environment conservation and mitigation projects in the city.

The project which was launched on the 28th May, 2024 at City Hall by the C40 Co-Chair Mayor of Freetown, Her Worship Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr seeks to receive proposals from Freetown youths between the ages of 15 to 24 years to implement youth led adaption and mitigation initiatives.

However, potential writers are expected to focus on key areas but not limited to the following:

  • Youth-led awareness, education, research and development initiatives, including: youth climate education programs, youth climate hackathons, climate corps, youth curriculum and youth-designed public art and awareness campaigns.
  • Youth-driven climate mitigation and adaptation projects, including: youth-led community gardening, tree planting, reforestation, urban farming and vertical farming campaigns; youth-managed recycling and waste reduction programs; and youth produced climate resilience workshops and disaster preparedness programs.
  • Co-governed youth climate action plans, including partnerships between Freetown City Council leaders and youth groups to inform climate-related policy ideas, decisions and actions and the formation of youth climate councils and youth climate ambassadors.

During the launching, the Mayor stated that Freetown is among the 100 cities from 38 countries in the world that qualified for the Youth Climate Action Fund that is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies and UCLG. It provides technical assistance and funding for 100 mayors globally to activate tens of thousands of young people ages of 15 โ€“ 24 years to design, produce, and govern urgent climate solutions in their cities. The cities in the Fund span 38 countries across six continents, representing over 62 million residents.

โ€œI was excited to launch the #Freetown #YouthClimateActionFund this morning!

“Freetown is among the 100 cities from 38 countries in the world that qualified for the @BloombergDotOrg Philanthropies Youth Climate Action Fund.

“Freetown youths aged 15-24 years are invited to submit proposals for grants of between USD$1000 and USD$5000 to implement youth led environment conservation and mitigation projects in the city.

“Please scan the QR code to access the application form. Kindly contact [email protected] if you have any challenges.”