Apply to the Youth Organizing for Climate Action and Racial Equity (YO-CARE) Capacity-Building Fund!

FCYO is looking for youth-led and multi-generational organizations committed to organizing around climate and racial justice (with a climate justice lens) in BIPOC communities to join our newly launched  Youth Organizing for Climate Action and Racial Equity (YO-CARE) Capacity-Building Fund.

The YO-CARE Capacity-Building Fund is a bold effort to grow the power of youth organizing at the intersections of racial justice and climate justice. A year-long learning community, the YO-CARE Capacity-Building Fund will support youth organizers from both racial justice and climate justice organizations to deepen their analyses of the root causes of climate injustice and racial inequality, develop and sharpen their organizing capacities, and build and strengthen relationships.  

The specific goals of the YO-CARE Capacity-Building Fund include:

  • Strengthen organizations' power to drive the transformation necessary for their communities to thrive. This includes developing clarity on the base-building strategies, leadership development programs, and advocacy and communication campaigns that best achieve their vision. 
  • Create opportunities for cross-sectoral learning and relationship-building between climate justice and racial justice organizations with an orientation towards connection, shared frameworks, solidarity actions, and future collaboration.

Applicants Must:

  • Have a 501c3 IRS designation or a fiscal agent
  • Be a local or state-wide base-building organization with an explicit commitment to anti-oppression and a practice of running grassroots organizing campaigns (for more detail see FCYO's definition of youth organizing and our Theory of Change)
  • Be a youth-led organization or multi-generational organization with a practice of youth (ages 13-24) in leadership (as staff, decision-makers, board, or program leadership)
  • Commit to having at least two people, one leader (defined as someone who has significant decision making power or influence within your organization) and one organizer to participate fully in the community peer-learning space. Please do not send development staff to this space (unless they are an organizer in your organization) - the peer learning space will not be a space to meet other funders.
  • Commit to grappling with questions of effective power-building strategies and organizing practices within your organization
  • Be based in the US or are US territories
  • Be an organization that is organizing around climate justice in BIPOC communities OR an organization whose racial justice work may not currently be around climate but will develop a climate justice lens and analyses in your work
  • Have an annual organizational budget that is under $2,000,000 

Applying to the YO-CARE Capacity-Building Fund

The deadline to submit applications is Monday, May 30th at 11:59pm PT. The application will require you to provide basic information on your organization, answer some demographic information, upload attachments, and respond to narrative questions. For the narrative section, you will have the option to type in your responses or submit a 10-minute video addressing all of the narrative questions.

Submission of a proposal does not guarantee approval of and receiving a grant. All applications will be reviewed by FCYO staff and partner organizations from the field. In some instances, we may request a site visit in June to help us understand your organization better. We anticipate that your organization will receive final notification in July regarding our decision concerning your grant application.

We will host an informational webinar on Wednesday, May 4th at 1:00 PM ET. Please refer to our website to register. Should you have any further questions about the program please contact

Download the RFP Overview in the top left corner for more information on the program and how to apply.