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New €7M fund launches to support data-driven climate solutions in Europe

A new call for applications for the ICLEI Action Fund is officially open. Non-profit and civil society organisations can now apply to receive up to €1 million each to implement data-driven action to help cities reduce emissions and build resilience to climate change. The deadline to submit a proposal is 24 July 2022.  

In Europe, a €7 million fund made possible by Google.org, is available for projects implemented in Barcelona, Berlin, Glasgow, Helsinki , Malmö, Rome, Rotterdam, and Stockholm. Additional cities will be selected in the next couple of weeks. The call is open for projects focused on environmental and climate action, with an emphasis on mobility, buildings, solar energy, air quality management, and climate resilience. The Fund welcomes proposals that contribute to cities’ just transition and climate goals.

“The ICLEI Action Fund seeks to encourage innovative projects that support cities in providing citizens with fair and just access to renewable energy sources, sustainable mobility alternatives, and greener and healthier public spaces. Following the success of the first round of grants, we are optimistic that we will receive high-quality proposals from eligible organisations that use relevant sources of data and green technologies to further smart and sustainable action at the local level,” said ICLEI’s Regional Director Europe, Wolfgang Teubner.

The ICLEI Action Fund is a granting scheme implemented by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability with support from Google.org to encourage environmental and climate projects, which use data from private and public sources.

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 to the ICLEI USA, totaling almost €10 million 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.

Find out more about the eligibility requirements – and how to apply by 24 July 2022.

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