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Green Action Fund

We're proud to coordinate the Green Action Fund (GAF). This annual grant scheme aims to promote sustainable development and reduce poverty by promoting worldwide awareness and advocacy activities which encourage sustainable patterns of consumption.

The Green Action Fund is the funding element of Green Action Week (GAW), an annual global campaign running in the first week of October, to promote sustainable consumption. The fund is made available by our partner the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) and is administered by Consumers International, with materials, research, policy support, and joint-campaign communications being provided. The theme for Green Action Week 2020 is ‘Sharing Community’.

The GAF supports projects which are in line with the theme: ways that sharing and collaboration bring more equal and sustainable access to goods and services for the benefit of people and the planet. The GAF is open to applications from our members in economically developing countries to assist them in carrying out their own campaigns in support of the theme. To be eligible, membership fees must be fully paid to the current year (including January to December 2020).

We will be using Green Action Week 2020 to celebrate the new ideas, insight and innovations that are delivering impact and progress towards SDG 12 within the consumer movement.

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Green Action Week - how can I get involved?

Green Action Week is an opportunity to show how consumer advocacy is actively driving sustainable consumption. The week features consumer advocacy groups around the world and the ways in which new ideas and technologies can drive sustainable consumption.

Take a look at five ways Green Action Week partners are continuing sustainable consumption after World Consumers Rights Day 2019.

Join us by using #GreenActionWeek on Twitter and Facebook to share how you are marking the week. We want to hear updates from the campaigns or actions you are taking to promote sustainable consumption in your country or region. 

Photo taken from a Green Action Week 2019 event in India, run by our member - Consumer Voice

What kind of projects are funded?

Green Action Fund projects have taken place all over the world. Winning projects over the past few years have successfully gone on to raise awareness on a range of issues, including: sustainable fishing, recycling and sustainable transportation. Since 2018, projects have focused on encouraging cultures of sharing and collaboration.

In 2019, 26 grants of £2,200 were awarded to Consumers International members in economically developing countries, in order for them to implement Green Action Fund campaigns on the theme of ‘Sharing Community’. This year 27 grants of £2,200 will be awarded.

Read about work undertaken in previous years (eng):

2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019

You can also take a look at the Green Action Week website and Facebook page

Photo taken from a Green Action Week 2017 event in Malaysia, run by our member - the Consumers Association of Penang

How to apply

The programme is open to our members in economically developing countries to assist them in carrying out their own campaigns. To be eligible, membership fees must be fully paid to the current year (including January to December 2020).

The application period for Green Action Fund 2020 is now open. The deadline for applications is 15 May 2020. For more information on this year’s theme, please consult the campaign guide.

Campaign guides: English 
SSNC gender policy document: English

Application form: English, Spanish, French

What our members say

  • This year’s theme of Sharing Community helped us to understand about sharing benefits with the entire community without ownership. This entire experience is useful and going to helpful in long term to address sustainable consumption and environmental issues.” – Consumer VOICE, Green Action Fund participant in 2018


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