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Ashton-based charity receive grant to empower young people to take action on the climate emergency

Made by Mortals CIC will work with three Tameside primary schools to coproduce interactive audio podcasts that explore environmental themes such as recycling, food waste, reuse and reduction and shopping alternatively.

The funding has been awarded by the Energy Saving Trust Foundation’s Youth Climate Action Fund, which is part funded by Airbnb, to develop projects focused on inspiring young people to engage with, and take action on, the climate emergency.

The Foundation is pleased to announce that Action for Conservation in Greater Manchester and Merseyside, Made by Mortals CIC in Manchester and More Music in Morecambe will each be receiving two-year grants of up to £40,000 to continue and expand their important work.

The successful initiatives include a project supporting young people to deliver a climate change festival, podcast production training focussed on environmental themes for young people, and a range of workshops to support young people to become environmental leaders.

Jim Metcalfe, chair of the Energy Saving Trust Foundation, said: “Young people across the UK are committed to tackling the climate emergency.

"Our aim as a Foundation is to back young people to feel confident about taking climate action because we know that many may not have the opportunities and tools to get started, especially if they are experiencing social exclusion.

"We’re proud to announce the charities and organisations across the country who we will be working with over the next two years to deliver climate-focused projects in local communities.”

Amanda Cupples, General Manager for Northern Europe at Airbnb, said: “Young people have an important role to play as the next generation of climate leaders. We are proud to support organisations that are inspiring and equipping young people with the tools they need to drive change in their communities and beyond.”

Paul, CEO of Made by Mortals, said: "Empowered by the Energy Saving Trust Foundation, we're stepping up to the climate emergency challenge! We’re looking forward to creating Armchair Adventures that embed hope and inspire children to get involved.”

These awards are part of the first round of national funding awarded by the Energy Saving Trust Foundation’s Youth Climate Action Fund which is part funded by Airbnb. This follows a successful pilot launch in the West Midlands last year. 

Charities and community interest groups from across the UK that might be interested in future funding opportunities are encouraged to look out for further communication from the Foundation or visit https://energysavingtrust.org.uk/the-foundation

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