The Carmel Green Teens
The Carmel Green Teen Micro-Grant Program was created in 2009 to empower young people to take action by funding youth-driven projects that reduce pollution, conserve natural resources, save energy, or restore native habitats or species. The program is funded by Carmel Utilities and is administratively supported by Hamilton County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, and offers funding for volunteer sustainability projects designed and carried out by young people in Camel or Clay township in Indiana.
A committee of volunteers, consisting entirely of teens from Carmel schools, reviews micro-grants and awards up to $1,000 to qualifying projects. Over 90 percent of the group’s budget goes directly to funding environmental youth projects.
Carmel Green Teens has funded 54 hands-on, youth-driven green projects and has been recognized for its contributions to the environment, community education and youth empowerment.
Orchard Park Elementary
Project: pollinator garden and birdhouses for Central Park ($1,000)
Project: food pantry garden plot ($244) and native species restoration, pollinator garden, nature educational path at Founders Park ($500)
University High School
Project: second-floor water bottle filler ($867)
Smoky Row Elementary
Project: Green Team Spices It Up ($1,000)
For more information, please contact:
Community Leadership Officer