The Jeanette Fitzsimons Climate Action Grant

To honour Jeanette and what she stood for, we are establishing new Climate Action Grants. Each year we will offer two grants of up to $5000 each to a young person or a youth organisation who wish to innovate, promote and implement things that Jeanette worked on and are promoting the good stuff and stopping the bad stuff as reflected in Our Climate Declaration.

Jeanette Fitzsimons talking with Young Greens

We will offer two grants of up to $5,000 each, to a young person/s (under 30) or youth organisation, with a project which is targeted at climate action – and aligned with one or more of Jeanette’s and Our Climate Declaration‘s goals.

These will be awarded each year to a young person 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.

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 and that would spread this knowledge to wider interest groups. For example: in writing, video, a podcast, or other creative responses.

If you wish to register your interest in these grants or ask a question please click here

More details on grant criteria and the Application form will be available by 30 August 2020 here on this website.

Honour Jeanette Fitzsimons with a contribution to the Climate Action Grant

You may wish to help us build the Jeanette Fitzsimons Climate Action Grant funds, so that more young people can be supported to implement innovative projects and activism.

We warmly welcome donations to honour Jeanette Fitzsimons’ legacy through these Climate Action Grants. Your donation will go directly to the Climate Action Grants for young activists of Aotearoa.

Deposit into Our Climate Declaration Incorporated - Jeanette Fitzsimons Climate Action Grants Fund: Kiwibank Account: 38-9018-0711725-01. Reference your donation as JFGrants.

Thank you very much.