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Scholarship Application

APRIL 12-14, 2024


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The Climate Reality Project is excited to host its signature Leadership Corps training in New York City in 2024! This April, join former Vice President Al Gore and The Climate Reality Project for an inspiring two-day training focused on building a better future powered by clean energy. This training will give you the chance to:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the most up-to-date science behind how our climate is changing, as well as the wide-ranging solutions that can help us quickly leave fossil fuels behind.
  • Hear from leading voices in climate science, government, environmental justice, green business, grassroots organizing, and more.
  • Gain skills in digital communications, campaign and coalition building, and accessing climate funding.
  • Join a global network of leaders working for practical solutions.

Please note the Climate Reality Leadership Corps training will be conducted in English. American Sign Language interpreting services will be provided, and Spanish simultaneous interpretation will be made available for some sessions.


    At Climate Reality, our mission is to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every level of society. Frequently, one of the biggest barriers to attending a Climate Reality Leadership Corps training is the cost of travel. That’s why our training scholarships aim to increase the participation of communities who have been historically left out of the climate conversation.

    To help people in frontline communities, students, youth activists, low-income individuals, and faith leaders overcome this barrier, the scholarship program provides funds to cover transportation, hotel accommodation, meals, and a childcare stipend for selected participants.

    We are looking for 100 or more passionate individuals who are ready to work together and build a healthy and equitable future for all. Does this sound like you? If yes, then keep reading to learn more about the scholarship opportunity!

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      To be eligible for a scholarship, make sure you:

      • Live within the targeted geographic area: The New York City training has a regional focus on the Northeast and the Mid-Atlantic. You must currently live in one of the following states at the time of the scholarship award: District of Columbia, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, or West Virginia.

      IMPORTANT: if you are not residing in one of the above states at the time of the award, we reserve the right to rescind the scholarship offer.

      • Identify as part of one of these groups: The scholarship program is only available to individuals who do not have the economic means to attend our training. We strongly encourage applications from:
        • Frontline communities: Climate Reality understands frontline communities are those that experience the impacts of climate change first and worst. Communities of color (Black, brown, Indigenous, and Asian), low-income communities, and those who live in places impacted by environmental disaster and extractive industry have disproportionally endured the physical, economic, and mental burdens of climate change. Because of their lived experiences, frontline communities can speak with authority on climate solutions that will improve and succeed in their communities.
        • Young people and students.
        • Faith leaders and grassroots activists.
        • Communities impacted by financial poverty.
        • Climate Reality chapter members (who have not attended a training previously).
      • Meet the minimum age requirement: Applicants need to be at least 13 years of age to apply for a scholarship and attend the training. Any individuals below the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or an adult chaperone. The parent or chaperone must also apply and be accepted to the New York City training in order to attend.   The scholarship opportunity is also available to them if they meet the eligibility requirements.
      • Are not related to Climate Reality employees or board members.
      • Are not already a Climate Reality Leader: Scholarships are not available for individuals who attended and successfully completed a Climate Reality Leadership Corps training.
      • Have not previously received a scholarship: The scholarship program seeks to benefit individuals who have not received a scholarship from Climate Reality in previous years.


      While there is no registration fee for the training, our scholarship program covers travel, meal, lodging, and a childcare stipend for selected individuals. Depending on the scholarship recipient’s location, the scholarship benefits may include:

      • Accommodation: The training will take place in New York City on April 12-14 and Climate Reality will provide scholarship recipients with free accommodation during these dates.  Attendees are required to arrive at the hotel no later than 1 pm (ET) on April 12.  Please note that accommodation will not be offered to individuals residing within a 20-mile radius of Midtown Manhattan, except for disability needs or other extenuating circumstances.
      • Transportation: Scholarship recipients will be able to suggest their preferred modes of transportation to the training. This may include taxi, bus, train, airplane, or a personal transportation vehicle. However, we strongly recommend participants to choose the method of transportation that emits the least amount of greenhouse gases per mile. We will give priority to individuals traveling via public transportation.
        • Travelling by air, train, or bus: Climate Reality will be responsible for booking these tickets based on your travel preferences.
        • Travelling by car or taxi: Individuals driving themselves to the training site or taking a taxi will be reimbursed for milage expenses or taxi fees in a per-diem card at the registration desk during the training opening. The mileage reimbursement will be calculated at this rate. IMPORTANT: We strongly discourage individuals to travel via personal vehicle or taxi. Climate Reality will not reimburse for parking fees, tolls, and congestion pricing.
      • Meal Stipends: Scholarship recipients will receive a per-diem card to cover expenses for meals that are not offered during the training. Climate Reality’s per diem rates are:
        • Breakfast:  $15.00
        • Lunch:        $25.00
        • Dinner:       $35.00
      • Childcare services stipend: Scholarship recipients who need support to cover expenses for childcare will receive a daily fixed stipend of $50 for each day of the event. Scholarship recipients will receive the total amount of $150 in a per diem card at the registration desk of the training.

      Please note that scholarship awards may be taxable to the recipient.

        HOW TO APPLY?

        Please click here to complete the scholarship application.  We will receive and review applications on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. The scholarship application will close on March 6 at 6 PM (ET).

        If you have questions about the scholarship program or need help completing the scholarship application, please send us an email at


          Climate Reality will offer 100 or more scholarships for the upcoming Leadership Corps training in New York City. To select scholarship recipients, we will consider the following criteria:

          • Personal Statement (35%):  Tell us about your interest and/or experience in climate, environmental justice, or social justice advocacy. Applicants with personal experience living with and actively fighting against environmental, climate, and social injustices on the front lines will receive priority.
          • Potential Impact (35%): Tell us about a climate issue in your community and how receiving this scholarship and attending our Climate Reality Leadership Corps training would empower you to take action? Applicants with understanding of the climate issues affecting their community and of the ways that the training and scholarship would help them take action will receive priority.
          • Location (20%): Proximity of the applicant’s residence location to the region where the training is taking place. Applicants who can attend the training using less carbon and/or public transportation will receive priority.
          • Partner Relationship (10%): Applicants that were endorsed by or show affiliation with a Climate Justice for All grantee.


          • Application deadline: We will accept and review applications on a rolling basis and encourage you to apply as soon as possible as an early application may increase your chances of being selected! Make sure you apply before March 6 at 6 PM (ET).
          • Announcement of scholarship recipients: we will contact selected candidates on an ongoing basis. Please check periodically the inbox of the email you used to apply.


          We will reach out to you by email or phone to notify you of your selection.

          • You will need to complete and submit a scholarship agreement to confirm the acceptance of your scholarship.
          • You will be invited to complete a scholarship travel form so that we can understand your travel and accommodation needs.
          • Climate Reality staff will contact you to make sure you are reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses incurred related to your participation in this event. This may include mileage or taxi fare, childcare stipend, meals, etc. Please note that any reimbursements for these expenses will be made at the training registration desk.
          • Scholarship recipients are expected to attend all days of the event and successfully complete the training.