Carmel Green Teen Micro-Grant Program
About Carmel Green Teen Micro-Grant Program
Created, developed, and administered by teens, this nonprofit program empowers young people to take action by funding youth-driven projects that reduce pollution, conserve natural resources, and/or save energy. The goal of the Carmel Green Teen Micro-Grant Program is to challenge area youth to use their skills, creativity and energy to help make Carmel / Clay Township in Indiana a greener, more sustainable community.
In 2009, the makers of Green Works natural cleaners created the Green Heroes program to identify and fund five eco-friendly community projects across the country. Through this program, the local youth group Carmel Area Roots & Shoots was awarded $10,000 to fund its eco-friendly project called the Carmel Green Teen Micro-Grant Program. Although this initial funding was exhausted in 2011, the City of Carmel and Carmel Utilities have partnered with us to support the program, allowing us to continue to educate the Carmel community and empower our youth. Over 95% of our budget goes directly to funding the environmental youth projects.
Thus far, the Carmel Green Teen Micro-Grant Program has funded 32 hands-on, youth-driven green projects to help make Carmel / Clay Township a greener, more sustainable community. Please visit our environmental impact page. This program is unique in that it is created, developed, and administered by teens for the purpose of motivating and empowering other students within our community. Micro-Grants are reviewed by a committee of volunteers composed of teens from Carmel Area Roots & Shoots, and students and adults from the Carmel area. United Way of Central Indiana’s Youth as Resources staff provides organizational support. Would you like to start a Green Teen Micro-Grant Program in your community? Our entire program is open source for nonprofit groups.
The Carmel Green Teen Micro-Grant Program and its members have been recognized for contributions to community education and youth empowerment by receiving the following awards: