UK: Airbnb and the Energy Saving Trust Foundation have joined forces to launch a £1 million climate action fund for disadvantaged young people across the UK.
The £1 million climate action fund is made up of equal donations from Airbnb and Energy Saving Trust, who together hope to help build a sustainable future for young people.
The first £200,000 is being made available specifically to charities in the West Midlands in a pilot round of funding. The fund forms part of Airbnb’s wider Birmingham 2022 Legacy Pledge following the 2022 Commonwealth Games to support strategic projects that showcase the region.
On top of this, the fund will also support organisations in the region that focus on young people experiencing inequality and actively engage with them on tackling the climate emergency.
Grants will be made for a period of two years, and organisations can apply for up to £20,000 a year [£40,000 in total]. Eligible charities need to be based in the West Midlands and have an annual income of less than £1 million.
The last date for submitting applications is 31 March and successful applicants will be announced in June. Applications for charities nationwide will open later in the year.
Andy Street, mayor of the West Midlands, said: “We want to tap into the tremendous well of talent that exists right across our region in order to surface solutions to tackle the climate emergency. That’s why it’s wonderful news that Airbnb and Energy Savings Trust Foundation have launched this fund in the West Midlands.
“I cannot wait to see the sustainability leaders this fund will help to empower, and I look forward to seeing the local impact it will have in the months and years ahead,” he added.
Amanda Cupples, general manager for Northern Europe at Airbnb, said: “Airbnb is committed to playing our part in tackling the climate emergency, and we know young people are too. There are incredible organisations inspiring and equipping young people with the tools they need to drive change in their communities.
“We are proud to support these projects and hope this fund amplifies and expands the good work they are doing to build a sustainable future for the West Midlands and beyond,” she added.
Jim Metcalfe, chair of Energy Saving Trust Foundation’s board of trustees, said: “This ground-breaking grant investment is all about backing young people to take action in response to the climate emergency. Young people will be hit the hardest by it and those experiencing inequality will suffer more than anyone else.
“We believe now is the right time to support communities facing this challenge to create real change. That’s why we’re delighted to be launching this multi-year new programme of work this spring, here in the West Midlands and soon across the UK,” he added.