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Green Backs Mini-Grant Program

Idaho Conservation League Green Backs Mini-Grant Program

Purpose: To support and develop youth-led grassroots organizing for climate justice, the Idaho Conservation League will consider applications from student clubs and organizations across Idaho to support student engagement in climate justice efforts. 

Amount: $300 per club or organization. 

Period: 2022-2023 School Year

Grant Terms: Over the course of the 2022-23 academic year, recipients should aim to;

  • Attend quarterly meetings with Treasure Valley student-led environmental clubs

A delegate from the student organization must attend quarterly meetings with delegates from other student organizations across the region to coordinate organizing and share club updates. These meetings will occur during non-school hours. 

  • Host up to 2 school events

The student organization should aim to host two school-wide events to raise awareness of environmental issues and engage peers in climate advocacy. Events that qualify include such things as fundraisers, in-class presentations and postcard writing, after-school documentary screenings, elementary school outreach, rallies, etc.. These events should seek to engage both club and non-club members.

  • Host 2 youth-oriented community-oriented events

The student organization should aim to host two events open to the public to raise awareness of environmental issues and engage people of all ages in climate advocacy. Events that qualify include such things as town halls with elected leaders, keystone community conversations (eg. a City Club talk, a presentation to the Chamber of Commerce), climate story writing, rallies or events to advocate for policy, sustainable fashion show. 

  • Meet with a local decision maker

Delegates from the student organization should aim to set up and conduct a meeting to educate an elected leader on the importance of conservation work. Examples of elected leaders that qualify include: congressional senators or representatives, Idaho legislators, mayors, county commissioners, highway department commissioners, city councilors, school board members. 

  • Document your organizing efforts over the course of the school year in preparation to present at ICL’s annual conference.

A single representative from each grant recipient organization will be invited to Wild Idaho! (May 19-21, 2023). Delegates will have the opportunity to network with other youth organizers, experienced advocates and civic leaders at the conference, and each organization’s portfolio will be on display. Portfolios must communicate the work that the organization performed over the course of the academic year and demonstrate a pattern of youth engagement on climate-related or environmental issues at school. Examples include display boards, photo presentations with captions, photo books with captions, group art projects. 

Student representatives will have the support of ICL’s Youth Engagement Coordinator, as well as ICL’s full time staff mentors.

Please note that this mini-grant is intended to be easily-accessible money for youth environmental organizers in Idaho. In the application, all details in regards to the grant terms do not need to be worked out, but a general idea of the events and activities of the club is required. 

APPLY HERE – Applications will be approved on a rolling basis, beginning November 1, 2022 with a maximum of five grant recipients. Clubs/Organizations should expect to receive grant money within 2 weeks of their application’s approval.

For additional information or clarification regarding the details of this mini-grant, please contact:

Shiva Rajbhandari
ICL’s Youth Engagement Coordinator
(208) 809-3845

Rachel Brinkley
ICL’s Community Engagement Associate
(208) 345-6933