Tuesday, 23 of December of 2014

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 37 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:

Carmel High School Designated 2014 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School

Rotary William D. McFadden Student Service Award 2013

White House Youth Sustainability Challenge Winner 2012

Carmel Chamber of Commerce Images of Excellence Green Award 2011

Indiana Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence in Education and Outreach 2011

Jane Goodall’s Global Leadership Award – Roots & Shoots Youth Leadership 2011

Plastic Pollution Youth Summit – 2011

Indiana Heroes Community Service Medals – 2010

EPA’s President’s Environmental Youth Award – runner-up Great Lakes Region 2009



Carmel Green Teen