Call for Applications: 1 Million Youth Action Challenge(5,000 $ CAD for each selected project)

Call for Applications: 1 Million Youth Action Challenge(5,000 $ CAD for each selected project)

Launched in September 2021 by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation,1 Million Youth Action Challenge (1MYAC) is a great opportunity to promote youth engagement for the implementation of SDGs. The challenge aims at mobilizing youth from all over the world to implement concrete actions for a more sustainable future.

1MYAC focuses on the following four United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to address both climate change and the depletion of natural resources worldwide: SDG 6 on ‘clean water and sanitation’, SDG 12 on ‘responsible consumption and production’, SDG 13 on ‘climate action’ (climate change) and SDG 15 on ‘life on land’ (biodiversity).

Youth for Water and Climate (YWC) and 1MYAC are joining forces in this call for projects with one main objective in mind: Encouraging and supporting youth-led actions for t clean water and sanitation, responsible consumption and production, climate action & biodiversity.


The main objective of this call for projects is to support the implementation of youth-led initiatives related to clean water and sanitation, responsible consumption and production, climate action & biodiversity and to enhance the young leaders’ capacities as actors of change in the water and climate sector.


The call for projects will be structured around 4 main themes that are in line with the 4 SDGs targeted by the 1MYAC initiative: Clean water and sanitation, Responsible consumption and production, Climate action & Life on land. (source: United Nations, 2022)

Admissible projects must cover one or several of these themes:

  • SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation: Initiatives to improve water quality, promote universal access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, and improve water use efficiency to mitigate water stress and ensure water security.
  • SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production: Initiatives that promote resource and energy efficiency, circular economy such as recycling and upcycling, sustainable infrastructure, and waste and pollution reduction.
  • SDG 13: Climate action: Initiatives that aim to help reduce gas emissions and improve adaptation to climate impact: such as reforestation, awareness, etc.
  • SDG 15: Life on land: Initiatives that prevent and halt ecosystem degradation, protect critical biodiversity sites, and help reverse net habitat loss, like building a home for small animals or growing a community garden, etc.

The selected projects will receive financial support up to 5 000 $ CAD each and technical support regarding project management, partnerships and much more . Please note that the amount is in Canadian dollars ($ CAD). Click here to convert to another currency.


To be eligible, participants and their projects must correspond to the following rules:

  • The project must be conceived, led, and implemented by a 1MYAC Ambassador between 18 and 35 years old; If you are not yet 1MYAC Ambassador Click here to sign-up;
  • The project must include youth between 10 to 30 years old across all aspects of the project;
  • The project must address at least one of the four SDG’s addressed by 1MYAC;
  • The project must be submitted either in German, Spanish, French, or English;
  • The project must be a a newly registered action on the 1MYAC platform, but can be an ongoing project not already registered. (here’s how to register your action

The following criteria will be considered as an added value in the analysis of the project:

  • Projects from low- and middle-income countries,  projects led and/or benefitting disadvantaged people, projects developed by and for indigenous communities, projects led by young women and projects targeting women;
  • Projects with a direct impact on vulnerable communities;
  • Projects tackling socio-economic and  environmental challenges;
  • Project Leader demonstrates his ability to lead the project within their community.


1) If you are already a 1MYAC Ambassador, you’ve already completed the first step! You can go straight to step 2 and prepare a short video about your project.

If you are not already a 1MYAC Ambassador, make sure to sign-up to join the 1MYAC family as an Ambassador.

How? By completing the online questionnaire to apply as a 1MYAC Ambassador. Please note that you can still submit your project on the YWC Platform for the call for projects before receiving your official confirmation that you have been selected as a 1MYAC Ambassador. The important thing is that by the end of the call, you are in the process of becoming one.

  • Complete the online questionnaire: Click here
  • The 1MYAC Team will contact you for an introduction session.
  • Attend the introduction session and confirm that you still want to be an ambassador.
  • You’re in! Please note that we expect ambassadors to remain active for at least two years.

2) Prepare a short project presentation video (max. 3 minutes) in which you shall reflect upon the following questions:

  • 1MYAC Ambassador: Specify if you are already an ambassador or not. If so, what have you done so far as an ambassador? If not, why do you want to become one (max: 45 seconds)
  • Relevance: How relevant is the issue in the chosen community? How practical is the implementation of the project? Does the project appear meaningful in terms of issues to be addressed and could achieve real change?
  • Youth inclusion and leadership: Is the project conceived, led, and implemented by young people? Is youth participation included across all aspects of the project?
  • Impact: How has/will the project support needs at the local level?
  • Innovation: Does the project have ‘thinking outside the box’ elements? Is the project multidisciplinary in nature?
  • Local partnership and multi-stakeholder integration: Does the project consider stakeholders and actors involvement?
  • Finance: Is the project financially feasible?
  • Sustainability: How sustainable is the project and its ability for future adaptation? Is it possible to upscale or replicate the project?
  • Implementation: Does the implementation plan appear credible and adapted to the ambitions set out for the project? Does the implementation plan respect local public health rules and regulations?

IMPORTANT: In this video, you must clearly demonstrate that this project is conceived, led and implemented by young people aged between 18 and 35.

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