The Loss and Damage Youth Coalition Launches the Loss and Damage Grant

Through the Loss and Damage Youth Coalition’s partnership with the Climate Justice Resilience Fund, it will support 10 organizations with $10,000 and 1 organization with $50,000 to enhance their efforts in addressing Loss and Damage.

As a result, it calls on organizations from the global North and south to apply. Read through the application guide below and apply using the application link provided. 

Application Guideline

The term “loss and damage” refers to the adverse effects of climate change that cannot be avoided despite mitigation and adaptation efforts. Loss and damage are fuelled by everlasting climate inaction that triggered both extreme weather events such as floods, hurricanes, heatwaves, droughts and slow-onset climatic processes such as sea-level rise, rising temperatures, ocean acidification, salinisation, loss of biodiversity, and desertification. These impacts can be economic: goods and services commonly traded in markets; and non-economic, such as the loss of cultural heritage, identity, loss of biodiversity, and the loss of lives, or they can be both economic and non-economic 

What is Loss and Damage Action

Any action taken to redress or recover from the risks posed by the negative effects of climate change, loss and damage is called ‘an action to address Loss and Damage’.

For example, on-the-ground projects and other practical programmes that address the needs of communities experiencing the most severe loss and damage. Much of the activities nationally and internationally have been primarily focused on understanding approaches to loss and damage or on strengthening dialogue and coordination between stakeholders. Very little action support has been done to address Loss and Damage on the ground for the communities who are exposed and vulnerable.  

Climate change impacts affect the global community as we are all vulnerable, but it disproportionately affects the younger generation. This is not only due to the limited power in the decision-making process but also to the tokenistic inclusion of youth in climate action. Loss and damage is the current injustice of our generation; several surveys showcase that today’s generation is hugely concerned with the current climate crisis. 

About the Grant

Every day, communities in both developed and developing countries experience severe impacts of climate change.  According to the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the repercussions of human-induced climate change have already become a reality, and the global community must increase its investment in mitigation and adaptation and have a new additional fund for addressing  Loss and Damage. Despite contributing the least to climate change’s impacts, developing countries experience the brunt of its severe consequences, leaving poor and marginalised communities among the most affected. Therefore, urgent action is required to address these losses and damages. It is essential to take action to assist individuals and communities in addressing these impacts as they occur. A few individuals in a few regions have begun taking action in response to all types of losses and damages, but not on the scale necessary to meet the needs of affected populations fully.

We are looking to financially support ten small grants of 10,000 USD implemented in fewer than six months and one Large grant of 50,000 USD implemented in a period ranging from 6 months to 12 months, or above 12 months. 

Type of GrantValue of the GrantNo. of GrantsExecution period 
Small10,000 USD10 < Six Months
Large50,000 USD16-12 Months or > 12 Months
Application Timeline
Release of Application22 September 2022
Deadline to submit the Application20 October 2022
Announcement of ResultsDuring the 27th UN Conference of Parties in Egypt, Date to be determined

Please note: We define youth/younger generation as any individual below 35 years old. 

The Thematics of Application

Please kindly note that these themes are not strict; these are determined based on the limited knowledge of how we can cluster activities, and we acknowledge that the reality on the ground can be more than what we can define at the moment. 

Theme 1: Recovery and Rehabilitation: This includes projects that aim to restore houses, infrastructure, ecosystems, and livelihoods after extreme weather events and protect the communities. This includes projects such as (this is not an exhaustive list):

  • Rebuilding Infrastructure destroyed by climate-related impacts 
  • Restoration of ecosystem and landscape  
  • Restoring livelihoods (restoring houses, businesses, etc.) 
  • Early Warning system

Theme 2: Relocation and resettlement of affected communities: This includes projects that seek to construct alternative livelihoods for communities located in extreme weather-prone areas or to support communities facing climate migration. This includes projects such as (this is not an exhaustive list): 

  • Building alternative livelihoods 
  • Support for climate-induced displaced persons or affected by forced migrations 
  • Assist financially in building homes for displaced families

Theme 3:  Addressing non-economic loss and damage effects: These are projects that aim to address effects such as loss of cultural heritage, loss of community knowledge, and loss of natural heritage. It might include projects such as (this is not an exhaustive list):

  • Protection of social identity and cultural heritage. 
  • Active Remembrance 

Theme 4: Addressing the economic loss and damage effects: These projects aim to strengthen the economic well-being of the community facing climate change impacts by offering or spreading financial protection. This includes activities such as (this is not an exhaustive list):  

  • Insurance schemes for climate change impact economic sectors such as agriculture, tourism, etc. 
  • Contingency funds

Theme 5: Education/Storytelling/Public Awareness projects: These projects aim to increase access to education in affected communities, and strengthen the ability of a community to share their existing action to address loss and damage in a manner that calls to escalate the existing impact. This includes projects such as (this is not an extensive list): 

  • Support education for affected people (Formal and informal education) 
  • Journalism/on-ground video reporting of action to address loss and damage that needs to scale up
Eligibility Criteria
  • Grant recipients will be youth organisations that help people after they have experienced climate impacts.
  • The Grant will be awarded to grassroots organisations, especially those located in the most affected area, vulnerable communities, marginalised groups,  or any other that is not mentioned. 
  • The lead applicant must be below 35 years old.
  • The lead applicant must belong to a youth organisation or grassroots organisation.
  • The application should fall into “action to address loss and damage” from the above themes or any other 
  • The application should be submitted through a google form provided as no other modalities will be accepted
  • The application needs to be submitted before the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • The Application needs to be submitted in English
Reporting

If an applicant is selected as a recipient of the funds, the recipient will be required to submit the following:

  1. A narrative report of activities
    This narrative report will incorporate the following:
    • Name of the project
    • Summary of the goal and objectives
    • Essential performance narration on the different output/outcome that was intended
    • Challenges in the implementation,
    • Lessons learned
    • Future aspiration of the project or project team
    • Photos, communication articles, videos or any other thing that they want to share
  2. A Financial report.
    This will be a breakdown of the grant received and the one that was used on the different financial points of the project plan. 
How To Apply
  • Please submit your application using the button below
  • You might contact us at (infoldycgrant@gmail.com ) on Monday, Wednesday and Friday  From 3 AM GMT to 2 PM GMT, we will respond as soon as possible. 

Access the Application Guidelines in Kiswahili Using this Link

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