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Youth Climate Action Fund

With 84 percent of youth around the world reporting that they are worried climate change threatens people and the planet, in April of 2024, Bloomberg Philanthropies launched the Youth Climate Action Fund which will provide technical assistance and funding for 100 mayors to activate tens of thousands of young people ages of 15 – 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.

Each city will receive $50,000 to distribute as microgrants to fund a groundswell of youth-led climate initiatives that meet local contexts and objectives. From mobilizing tree-planting or public education campaigns to launching recycling or waste reduction initiatives to participating in mitigation planning or preparedness programs, efforts stemming from the new Youth Climate Action Fund will advance critical community goals such as meeting decarbonization commitments or reducing consumption-based emissions. Cities that respond to the urgency of the moment and commit the initial $50,000 within six months will receive an additional $100,000 to support more youth-driven projects over the course of one year.

The climate crisis poses an existential threat to communities, and mayors are the first and last mile of response: tackling emergencies and trialing interventions from the frontlines. Over the last decade, local governments have played a critical role in climate mitigation and adaptation – and this is only expected to grow in the coming decade. Many cities are reducing per capita emissions faster than their national governments.

More than 60 percent of young people say that government is not doing enough to avoid climate catastrophe or taking their concerns seriously enough.

Few city halls have the organizational capacity, capabilities, and confidence to unleash youth energy on solution-building. Kickstarted at the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Innovation Studio at COP28, as a part of the Local Climate Action Summit, the Bloomberg Philanthropies Youth Climate Action Fund will provide the cities with the tools, techniques, and supports to leverage innovation approaches that invite and foster robust youth collaboration in climate problem-solving and policymaking. The program will be delivered by United Cities and Local Governments in partnership with the Bloomberg Center for Public Innovation at Johns Hopkins University.

The 100 cities selected to participate in the Youth Climate Action Fund include:

Accra, Ghana

Allentown, Pennsylvania

Allerød, Denmark

Alor Gajah, Malaysia

Athens, Greece

Atlanta, Georgia

Avellaneda, Argentina

Banjul, The Gambia

Belmopan, Belize

Billund, Denmark

Bo, Sierra Leone

Boise, Idaho

Borongan, Philippine

Bristol, United Kingdom

Broward County, Florida

Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Casablanca, Morocco

Cerro Navia, Chile

Chefchaouen, Morocco

Cincinnati, Ohio

Columbia, South Carolina

Columbus, Ohio

Córdoba, Argentina

Cuenca, Ecuador

Curvelo, Brazil

Despeñaderos, Argentina

Dubuque, Iowa

Embu, Kenya

Esteban Echeverria, Argentina

Flint, Michigan

Freetown, Sierra Leone

Glasgow, United Kingdom

Guarulhos, Brazil

Guatemala City, Guatemala

Guelph, Canada

Haderslev, Denmark

Halifax, Canada

Hang Tuah Jaya, Malaysia

Hastings-on-Hudson, New York

Hobart, Australia

Hoboken, New Jersey

Hudson Valley, New York

Irbid, Jordan

Kampala, Uganda

Kerewan, The Gambia

Kitchener, Canada

Kitwe, Zambia

Kumasi, Ghana

La Crosse, Wisconsin

Lansing, Michigan

Long Beach, California

Luján de Cuyo, Argentina

Lusaka, Zambia

Madison, Wisconsin

Madugandí, Panamá

Maipú, Chile

Mansa, Zambia

Masaka City, Uganda

Melbourne, Australia

Mendoza, Argentina

Menjez, Lebanon

Mesa, Arizona

Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil

Montego Bay, Jamaica

Mykolaiv, Ukraine

Nansana, Uganda

New Orleans, Louisiana

New Westminster, Canada

Newcastle, Australia

Norddjurs, Denmark

Nouakchott, Mauritania

Oakville, Canada

Oberlin, Ohio

Paterson, New Jersey

Pérez, Argentina

Pikine, Senegal

Puerto Barrios, Guatemala

Quelimane, Mozambique

Quillota, Chile

Recife, Brazil

Reykjavik, Iceland

Rosario, Argentina

San Francisco, Camotes, Cebu, Philippines

Santiago, Chile

Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana

Skopje, North Macedonia

Sobral, Brazil

Tandil, Argentina

The Blue Mountains, Canada

Tirana, Albania

Tolhuin, Argentina

Trujillo, Honduras

Turin, Italy

Turku, Finland

Vejen, Denmark

Walvis Bay, Namibia

West Palm Beach, Florida

West Sacramento, California

White Plains, New York

Zanzibar, Tanzania