Jeanette Fitzsimons Climate Action Grants

The Climate Action Grants are for climate and community activists under 30 years wanting to create a change

Continuing the legacy of Jeanette Fitzsimons

Jeanette Fitzsimons CNZM was a tireless advocate for the environment and for an economy of ‘enough’.  The Jeanette Fitzsimons Climate Action Grants were established in 2020 by her friends and colleagues to honour her memory and keep alive her legacy. Jeanette was a co-founder of Our Climate Declaration, who award these grants. 

The Grants

We offer two grants of up to $5,000 each, for projects which are targeted at climate action and aligned with one or more of Jeanette’s and Our Climate Declaration’s goals. These grants will be awarded each year to a young person/s or organisation of young people working within their community, who wish to innovate, promote and implement the sorts of things that Jeanette believed in and are reflected in the Our Climate Declaration Goals, including:

1. Stop the bad stuff

  • Reduce the extraction and burning of fossil fuels 
  • Cut back on flying 
  • Cut back on intensive farming
  • End the drive for endless economic growth and consumerism to develop new ways of supporting community growth and economic wellbeing.

2. Bring on the good

  • Develop clean, renewable energy and transport
  • Farm sustainably
  • Restore our rivers and wetlands
  • Protect New Zealand’s unique species of birds and animals, plants and trees
  • Work towards a circular economy that creates wellbeing for all and respects Nature’s limits.

Examples of projects that the Grant may cover:

  • Leading an innovative community project - like Trees that Count
  • mobilising community action to raise awareness – like School Strike 4 Climate
  • helping communities to become more resilient by building local economic systems (e.g. time banks, koha sheds) and promoting an economy of better wealth and resource distribution.

These are examples only and the decision-making panel will be open to applications that promote the Our Climate Declaration goals and what Jeanette Fitzsimons stood for. 

Collaboration with S+ART and mentoring sessions

In 2021 we are collaborating with Science, Technology and Art Trust (S+ART) to give two grants for projects which are targeted at climate action and/or projects that encourage economies of ‘enough’. 

S+ART’s purpose is to: Promote art, technology and science education programmes and facilities to arts and science students, practitioners and to the general public.  

S+ART will offer 2-3 mentoring sessions to those who are awarded grants and whose projects are encouraged to include community arts and the involvement of scientists or citizen science.

Applications from all over Aotearoa New Zealand are welcome.

Our Criteria for awarding the 2021 Grant:

  • Applicants must be under 30 years and New Zealand citizens
  • Promote what Jeanette Fitzsimons stood for including Our Climate Declaration goals
  • The project is an innovative development or idea.   We encourage you to include community arts and/or involve science if this fits your climate action.
  • Your project is highly likely to be of interest to others to learn from or scale up
  • Has a specified time frame for achieving your project.   

The Grants will not be awarded for: 

  • travel (solely)
  • study awards for individuals
  • academic research.

Report to your communities and Our Climate Declaration 

Recipients of the grants will be required to report on their learning and their results in a way that is appropriate to your communities so that they spread this knowledge to wider interest groups.  You can do this: in writing, or a video, a podcast, other creative responses. Our Climate Declaration will also spread the word about your projects using your report.

How to apply in 2021 and dates

Click here for the application form (via Google).     

You can add a short video (no more than 2 minutes) if you wish to speak to us directly about your project.   

Applications close Friday 10th December 2021 at 5pm.  

Grants will be awarded by 12 February 2022.