The Ocean Solutions Microgrants program supports young ocean leaders (18-35 years old) and their grassroots efforts to address critical ocean health problems. We award grants across a range of ocean issues, as long as projects involve direct action rooted in science or research, and include an element of community engagement. This might be policy advocacy, public-facing knowledge sharing, or amplifying youth voices, for example.
Microgrants are a springboard for diverse projects to broaden their impact: it might be a social enterprise, or activation to increase ocean literacy through education, art, or research—or perhaps it’s an initiative that restores marine ecosystems through kelp reforestation or coral transplantation.
Ocean Solutions Microgrants include both financial and strategic support through funding up to $2,000 USD, access to dedicated mentors, and skill development opportunities like the “Ocean Leadership Deep Dive: Community Leadership” virtual event in October 2021.
Projects need to tackle a key ocean issue, generally within these categories:
- Pollution Averted & Circular Solutions
- Sustainable Fisheries & Aquaculture
- Marine Data & Research
- Ocean Literacy & Advocacy
- Blue Carbon & Ecosystem Restoration
The application deadline is May 31, 2021