City of Boise Receives $50,000 to Fund Youth-Driven Climate Action

April 10, 2024

The City of Boise is excited to announce it is one of 101 cities from across the globe joining Bloomberg Philanthropies’ new Youth Climate Action Fund. The program provides technical assistance and funding to activate young people ages 15 to 24 years old to design, produce and govern urgently needed climate solutions. 

As part of this program, the City of Boise will receive $50,000 to distribute as microgrants to fund a groundswell of youth-led climate initiatives in Boise. 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 being a carbon neutral community by 2050. 

“I believe it’s next generation and emerging leaders, when empowered by current decision makers, who will help us address today’s greatest challenges,” said Mayor Lauren McLean. “This funding provides new opportunities for young people who are passionate about climate issues to make a difference where they live, learn and play and I can’t wait to see what they come up with.” 

Boise residents between the ages of 15 and 24 years old will be eligible to submit project proposals when applications open in June 2024. Click here to learn more about the Youth Climate Action Fund, supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, and to view Boise’s project priority areas.

“Climate change is an all-hands-on-deck challenge, and it’s critical that young people – who have the most at stake – help lead the way,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, UN Special Envoy on Climate Ambition and Solutions and 108th mayor of New York City. “This new fund will help mayors mobilize and empower tomorrow’s leaders to take action today.” 

The City of Boise is dedicated to supporting innovative ideas led by young residents, with the goal of committing all $50,000 toward a series of projects over the initial six-month project period. In turn, Bloomberg has committed to the potential for an additional $100,000 to be given to individual cities to support more youth-driven projects over the course of one year. 

To learn more about the City of Boise’s bold climate action goals and view our Climate Action Roadmap, click here. For more information on Bloomberg Philanthropies, please visit the organization’s website.

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