Getting to Halifax can be expensive, especially when you are busy dealing with social and environmental injustice back at home. This is why we have created resources to help you organize and fundraise your way to PowerShift.
For some people, even with these resources for fundraising, cost may still be prohibitive in terms of them getting to PowerShift. In particular, youth who should be at PowerShift to share the stories of how environmental injustice is impacting their community and how they are resisting, may also not have much access to other funding sources or may be coming from remote areas from which there are additional costs associated with travel. This is why we created the Scholarship Fund, to help youth who are facing economic barriers to participation, are directly affected by climate change, environmental destruction, toxic development, and other social issues attend PowerShift BC.
If you are a young person living in a community directly affected by environmental or social injustice (hereafter “frontline community”) and also would not be able to attend PowerShift without financial help, we strongly encourage you to apply for the Frontline Youth Scholarship Fund after reading through the additional information below.
NEXT DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: March 21st, 2014
Who can apply to the Frontline Youth Scholarship Fund?
Anyone between 16 and 30 can apply for the Frontline Youth Scholarship Fund.
The fund is specifically meant to go towards young people who are unable to fund their participation at PowerShift otherwise and who are either resisting or experiencing the direct impacts of environmental injustice in their community. This could be Indigenous youth working to stop proposed destructive projects on their land (ex: mining, logging on your land, other development gone forward without consultation), people whose traditional way of life is being threatened by climate change, youth whose low-income or racialized neighbourhoods are being particularly hit by toxic development (ex: landfill in your community, biosludge on your farmland, coal plant in your backyard, etc), people who have been forcibly displaced because of environmental injustice, or any other youth feeling the disproportional impacts of climate change or toxic development.
WHAT ARE THE APPLICATION DEADLINES AND WHEN WILL WE NE INFORMED BY?
Selection for the Frontline Youth Scholarship Fund will be once applications have been received on a rolling basis. Money raised at that point will be matched with applicants who applied before the deadline. All applicants will be informed as to the status of their application either way by early March. If you need to know before then for travel purposes, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants are encouraged to continue looking for funding elsewhere during the selection process and to update us if they find any funding or any other changes to their budget. Finding other sources of funding for part of your costs may help us in being able to fund your application and / or will free up funds for us to bring other youth to PowerShift.
NOTE: while we will attempt to secure more funds throughout the process, how much is fundraised is not guaranteed.
HOW MUCH IS THE SCHOLARSHIP/WHAT WILL IT FUND?
This fund is intended to match frontline participants with the additional money they need to get to PowerShift. However, in order to get as many frontline youth to the conference as possible, we generally will only support travel, waive registration fees, and arrange billeting (staying at someone’s home) for participants when they are in Victoria. Of course, participants may still have additional costs and therefore each applicant is encouraged to look into external funding sources (student unions, band council, grants, other organisations, etc) to cover additional costs. There is a space to provide a budget on the application form, this will help us do our best to match frontline youth with the resources they need to make their trip to PowerShift BC possible.
Our scholarship fund is still small and can only grow - and bring more youth - through donations from other participants, individuals, allies, organisations, and fundraising events. If you would like to donate to the fund please click here.
WHAT IS THE SELECTION CRITERIA?
Applicants will be selected based on the following criteria:
- Demonstration of financial need
- Demonstration that they have looked and / or are looking elsewhere for funding
- Disproportionate impact of climate change, environmental injustice, or toxic development on them or their community AND / OR they are current resisting a direct threat of environmental injustice to their community
- Explanation of how PowerShift will help them make connections, gain skills, or is otherwise important for them as an organizer against environmental injustice
- Commitment to share their and /or their community’s story with other PowerShift participants and partners through blogging, speaking, and / or other means