The 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) takes place in Glasgow on 1 – 12 November 2021. Hosted by the UK, this international climate change summit will bring together over 30,000 delegates, including heads of states, climate experts and campaigners to agree coordinated action to tackle climate change. 

The British Council is working with partners worldwide to support the success and legacy of COP26 by creating opportunities for cooperation, dialogue and action in arts, education and science that address the shared challenges of climate change. There will be an innovative and creative programme of activity and engagement which includes bringing together young Active Citizens from around the world to share learning, engage in advocacy and build networks.

Through the Youth Engagement COP26: Challenge Funds for Young People, the Active Citizens Programme will support environmental/climate change Social Action Projects which focus on the COP26 priority areas

(1) Adaptation and resilience. ‘Helping people, economies and the environment adapt and prepare for the impacts of climate change.’

(2) Nature. ‘Safeguarding ecosystems, protecting natural habitats and keeping carbon out of the atmosphere.’

We are inviting collaborative applications from individuals and youth-focussed Civil Society Organisations in Ethiopia only involved in Active Citizens Programme training and delivery, with relevant experience and capacity in the respective thematic area to participate in this Youth Engagement COP26: Challenge Funds for Young People 

An amount of money has been allocated within an overall envelope of estimated £10,000. Grants for individual Interventions is £2,500 to realise your creative idea. We want these commissions to stimulate truly global conversations, bringing people from different countries, cultures and communities together to understand each other’s perspectives and to work together on creative responses and solutions to climate change. 

Apply by 20 February 2021

Please email the completed application form to by Saturday 20 February 2021 at 17.00 hours (GMT). You can access the application form below in the downloads section.

We look forward to receiving your application. Applicants will be notified about the outcome of their application at the end of February 2021.