Roots Micro-grants Program 2024

Name of the entity
Type of Support Provider
Close Date
Climate Objective
Eligible to submit a proposal
Non-state actors (e.g., academic/research institutions, non-profits, etc.)
Co-financing Requirement
Consortium Requirement
Funding Amount
USD 10,000
East Asia and Pacific
Latin America and the Caribbean
Middle East and North Africa
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa
Sectors and Themes
Call Summary
Roots is a program aiming to catalyze the growth and impact of a Global South climate justice movement made up of intersectional and youth-led grassroots initiatives.

The micro-grants program provides funding of up to $10,000 USD per group to help support youth-led projects, initiatives, research, or campaigns that advocate for climate justice through an intersectional lens. The grants are accompanied by ongoing mentorship. The program will provide grants for between 10-15 grassroots youth-led initiatives, with a focus on groups in Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia and South Asia.
Eligibility Criteria
Roots considers young people to be those who are 35 and younger. They are able to support initiatives from those who are between ages 18 and 35. “Youth-led” means that at least 70% of the membership of your group should be made up of young people, and that those responsible for making decisions in the group should also be between 18-35 years old.

Roots will give preference to projects that demonstrate some, or even all, of the following characteristics. Please consider these, and if possible reference how your project will help achieve the aspects relevant to your work when writing your application:
• Community-driven approach: Projects, initiatives, research, or campaigns originating from grassroots efforts at the local level, driven by the community.
• Emphasis on radical system change: Applicants should demonstrate innovative strategies focused on transformative, intersectional, and equitable solutions to address the root causes of the climate crisis.
• Amplification of Global South voices: Preference will be given to campaigns that facilitate connections, and elevate the perspectives of communities and activists from the Global South, particularly emphasizing youth and frontline communities.
• Support for marginalized communities: Initiatives actively engage and provide assistance to marginalized communities, including sharing activist knowledge, facilitating leadership workshops, organizing networking events, and hosting climate-focused programs.
• Resource and capacity building: Projects should aim to enhance the resources and skills of grassroots activists, which may include acquiring equipment, covering transportation costs, hiring professionals, conducting research/training, and supporting campaign efforts.
• Promotion of intergenerational collaboration: Priority will be given to initiatives that address and foster relationships across generations, seeking to bridge the intergenerational gap and reach audiences beyond existing echo chambers.
• Resilience: Groups that put an emphasis on the wellbeing of their membership and building resilient structures within their groups and communities.

Roots will not consider applications for:
• Proposals for attending high-profile meetings (such as COPs) or those that focus on building individual profiles.
• Proposals that prioritize personal choice theory of change, or do not have a systemic approach to problem-solving.
• Proposals that prioritize mobilization tactics over strategy, or do not have a clear path towards building a growing and sustainable movement in the community.
• Proposals that do not have a clear plan for how to meet people where they are, or reach people outside of the echo chamber.