Our Impact

Globally, only 0.76% of institutional climate funding is being directed toward youth-led initiatives.

The Iris Project exists to change that.

$ 50000
Given out in funding​
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$ 50
spent on
capacity-building
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$ 50
spent on
capacity-building
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Global Reach

Since launching the inaugural Iris Prize in March 2022, we’ve supported 12 projects across 8 different countries.

Global Reach

Since launching the inaugural Iris Prize in March 2022, we’ve supported 12 projects across 8 different countries.

The ACE Project

Sungai Watch

Project Sparsa

Project Mila

Youth Pawa

Mudzi Cooking Project

Ecohouse

KleanerAir

Re-made in Cambodia

Moosumi Magazine

Liquify

Bangs Circular

Our Funding Model

We take a trust-based and flexible approach to funding. We firmly believe in the power and potential of young people and aim to lead by example, demonstrating to other funders that the time has come to invest in them and unleash their potential.

Financial grant

We award financial grants of between $15,000 and $1,500 USD to 3 winners and 6 runner-up projects each year. 

Alongside the grant funding, we pair each prize winner up with two mentors from our Advisory Panel. We ensure each prize winner has one mentor from their country and one mentor with project expertise. The 6 runners-up join a group mentorship program facilitated by our Project Manager and an Advisory Panel member.

Capacity building is a crucial component of our funding model. Our mentors support the prize winners to pinpoint and address any areas for growth in their experience or expertise. Drawing on feedback from previous prize winners, we’ve developed a suite of capacity building programmes. These initiatives include our Climate Communications Programme, Leadership Development training with CoalitionWILD, and Safety and Security training through Open Briefing.

Nine months after our Prize Winners win The Iris Prize, they are invited to apply for up to $10,000 USD in repeat funding to support individual project sustainability over the long term. Through this approach, we can ensure that our interventions have a long-lasting effect, maximising our influence and ensuring their impact long after the support we provide stops.

Annual Reports

For more information on our impact, mission, and the projects we’ve championed, we invite you to explore our annual reports.

Theory of Change

Our vision is a world where empowered youth drive meaningful environmental change, supported by a collaborative network.

Iris Prize 2024

Applications are now open.