Oakville Youth Climate Action Fund

The Youth Climate Action Fund will support a wide range of projects aimed at advancing our community goals.

About the fund

Oakville has taken a bold step towards a sustainable future by joining Bloomberg Philanthropies’ new Youth Climate Action Fund. This initiative aims to empower young people aged 15 to 24 to lead the charge in addressing urgent climate challenges. 

Through this partnership, Oakville will receive $50,000 USD to distribute as microgrants, ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, to fund youth-led climate initiatives.  

Types of project supported

The Youth Climate Action Fund will support a wide range of projects aimed at advancing our community goals, including: 

  • Youth-led awareness, education, research, and development initiatives such as climate education programs, hackathons, surveys, and public art campaigns. 
  • Youth-driven climate mitigation and adaptation projects like community gardening, tree planting, urban farming campaigns, recycling programs, and climate resilience workshops. 
  • Co-governed youth climate action plans fostering partnerships between city leaders and youth groups to inform policy decisions and the formation of youth climate ambassadors. 


If you're interested in learning more about applying for funding, please fill out our interest form. Stay updated by subscribing to the Mayor’s weekly newsletter and receive email notifications when updates become available. 

Youth Climate Action Fund application form

Join us in shaping a greener, more resilient Oakville by empowering our youth to lead the way in addressing the climate crisis. Together, we can make a difference for our community and the planet. 

To determine whether the project meets the basic eligibility requirements for the Youth Climate Action Fund it must fulfill four criteria:  

  1. Project is primarily led and implemented by youth between the ages of 15 and 24
  2. The organization proposing the project is formally incorporated
  3. The application is complete
  4. The expenses in the proposed budget align with the eligibility criteria of the Youth Climate Action Fund

Application requirements

  • Project description 
  • Simple budget showing how funds will be used  

Recipient eligibility

  • Entity with formal incorporation or status of some kind (not necessarily a Non-Governmental Organization or charity), a bank account in its name, and an ability to manage the funds. 
  • If youth-led groups are not incorporated entities themselves, a local partner will disburse funds. 

Microgrant agreement requirements

  • Funds must be used for the purposes stated in the approved application
  • Projects must be completed, and all funds spent by December 31, 2024
  • Submit a final report by January 31, 2025
  • Comply with all applicable laws and regulations
  • Resident of or attending an institution in Oakville

Final report requirements

  • A brief description of what activities were undertaken and how the funds were spent
  • Include at least one output and one outcome  
    • Example output: Numbers of trees planted or square feet of community gardens created. 
    • Example outcome: Reducing the urban heat-island effect or reducing CO2 emissions and food miles. 
  • Actual expenditures