Nominations open for International Young Eco-Hero Awards

Deadline Date: February 28, 2024

Donor Name: Action for Nature

Grant Size: Less than $1000

The Action For Nature (AFN) is seeking nominations for the International Young Eco-Hero Awards to recognize and reward the successful individual environmental initiatives of young people ages 8 to 16.

AFN encourages young people around the world to carry out individual environmental action projects. They believe that young people can have a positive impact on the environment and are vital in changing the way they live on the planet.


  • Winners will receive:
    • Public recognition and media press release
    • Cash prize up to $500
    • Certificate of achievement for outstanding efforts to help protect and preserve the environment
    • Exclusive access to their eco-hero alumni Facebook group
  • Just as importantly, winners will serve as role models for other young people by demonstrating that each individual can make a difference.

Eligible Projects

  • The project concerns environmental health, advocacy, research or protection of the natural world.
  • The project is action-based and self-initiated, and not one assigned by a teacher or other adult.
  • The project should be at least 6 months long and close to completion or completed within the last year.
  • If the project is an invention, some trials should be completed before applying.
  • Applicants must be between the ages of 8 and 16 on February 28th in the year of application.
  • Science Fair and Scouting Badge projects will only be considered if they include environmental action, educational outreach to others or extended studies beyond the Science Fair and Scouting Badges.
  • They do not accept (a) projects related to domestic or confined animals, (b) compositions or reports.
  • Previous winners, immediate relatives of AFN board members, active reading panel members, or judges, may not apply.
  • Only applications in English are accepted.


  • Preference is given to projects of 2+ years and/or ongoing projects.
  • The applications will be judged according to several criteria, including but not limited to:
    • originality
    • difficulty
    • organization
    • length of time devoted to the project
    • influencing/educating others
    • use of outside resources (e.g. library, experts, media, community leaders)
    • degree of success in reaching goals
    • the impact on the environment

For more information, visit AFN.

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