GAIA Microgrants updates

As the new project season is approaching, GAIA MicroGrants will be offering financial support again starting in March. The goal of the fund is to support existing and encourage new grassroots projects focusing on climate justice and sustainable living all across SCI.

In a simple and activist-friendly application process, project organizers can request 350 euro (up to 500 euro if justified in the application). Applications are reviewed on a first-come-first served principle, but priority is given to proposals coming from the Southern branches and partners. Newcomers are welcome and the programme team is happy to lend support in developing the application.

All submitted proposals should fit one of the funding areas: Preparing for climate change impacts or Making our food systems sustainable. The topics are challenging, but already SCI Activists are doing an amazing job transforming them into action.

"Permaculture Gardening Project - South African Voluntary Workcamp Association, South Africa"
South African Voluntary Workcamp Association recognized the potential that gardening has in empowering young people. Especially those who are unemployed can provide at least part of their food by growing it themselves, become empowered and transform their community at the same time. SAVWA targeted mostly single, unemployed women, but ended up also involving men, who were in need of gardening skills. During a five day workshop participants learned the basics of gardening, which they can use in the backyards of Pretoria, especially because they also received starting plants for their gardens.
Organizers gained support of the Ministry of Agriculture. “It’s not done until we complete all the work”, said Norman, one of the project participants and there is still more that can be done on the issue of food access for underprivileged communities. SAVWA activists are hoping that in the future local municipality will allow them to use empty lots to develop their project concept further. In 2017 they are planning to focus on water conservation methods.

For more project examples check out the GAIA MicroGrants annual report for 2016. Additional information will soon be available at SCI web page and you can always find current updates in the Climate for Peace newsletter.

You can also ckeck the Climate For Peace Workcamp Guidelines to create a a Climate for Peace in every workcamp!

The document lists various ideas for introducing sustainability into the daily life during the workcamp, focusing on sustainable living in practice (like eating local, vegetarian food, composting kitchen scraps or following the principles of consensus decision-making), the work part (like planting trees or introducing the alternative economic practices into the camp work) and the study part (like ways to reconnect with nature or to build a just and sustainable society, conflicts over natural resources and ways of managing them).

Your project doesn’t have to be taking place at an eco-farm to be eligible for a Climate for Peace label. In fact the idea is that whatever we do in SCI, we can introduce those principles to our activities! It just takes some creativity and seeing the bigger picture of how all contemporary challenges and solutions to them are interlinked.

First Climate for Peace camps are already uploaded to the Online Placement System! Just match the “Climate for Peace” box under “Topics” in the workcamp search engine.



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