The launch of the ICLEI Action Fund 2.0
IMAGE: ICLEI Europe
Call for applications: ICLEI Action Fund
will grant €7M for data-driven projects
May 12, 2022 | Freiburg, Germany
Awareness-raising campaign on air quality implemented by Project Aireal, in Nantes, funded by the ICLEI Action Fund 1.0
IMAGE: Céline Jacq / Nantes Metrópole
This new round of applications ("ICLEI Action Fund 2.0") reinforces both ICLEI Europe and Google.org's commitments to accelerating climate action to build more sustainable cities through technology and innovation. Google.org has provided an additional 2.8 million EUR to the ICLEI USA, totaling almost 10 million EUR in support for data-driven environmental projects.
"Google is committed to helping more than 500 cities reduce one gigatonne of carbon emissions annually by 2030 through providing local governments with better access to data and technology. We also want to empower deeper collaboration with civil society, which will play a critical role in achieving this goal. This new open call aims to build on the success of our first ICLEI Action Fund, helping to design, build, and operate more sustainable or regenerative cities," said Rowan Barnett, Director Google.org, Europe, Middle East & Africa.
Projects must be aligned with the respective city's sustainability plans and strategies. Municipalities can get involved in local Action Fund projects as supporters, service providers, sponsors or partners, having the opportunity to receive part of the funding in case of the latter.
By joining Google.org's grant support and ICLEI's network and technical expertise, the ICLEI Action Fund will continue to help cities and non-profit organisations to implement innovative, data-driven climate action on the ground, and to measure sustainability impacts in the long-term. Project selection will be guided by a series of criteria set by a team of sustainability experts within ICLEI Europe.
Google.org also provided support in the form of EUR 237,000 Search advertising to help publicise the Action Fund, cultivate supporters, and share valuable climate information with the public.
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