Jeanette Fitzsimons Climate Action 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.

We encourage applicants to read and apply Our Climate Declaration and align their action plans to her 2013 Quaker lecture: ENOUGH! The challenge of a post-growth economy. This can be downloaded from


Applications from all over Aotearoa New Zealand are welcome.


Our Criteria for awarding the Grant:

  • applicants must be under 30
  • promote what Jeanette Fitzsimons stood for including Our Climate Declaration
  • the project is an innovative development or idea
  • is highly likely to be of interest to others to learn from or scale up
  • has a specified time frame.

The Grants will not be awarded for:

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

Recipients of the award will be required to report on their learnings and their results in a way that is appropriate to their audiences so that they spread this knowledge to wider interest groups. For example: in writing, a video, a podcast, or other creative responses.


Process for Application and decision-making

To make your application (click here). You will be asked to sign in to your Google account before you proceed. 

You can add a short video (no more than 3 minutes) if you wish to speak directly about your project.

Applications close Monday 16 November 2020 at 5pm.