Youth Movements for Climate and Forest Justice in Indonesia

Due Date: Concept Notes must be received online by 5 PM PDT on Thursday December 1, 2022


The David and Lucile Packard Foundation (Packard Foundation) works with people and communities to create enduring solutions for just societies and a healthy, resilient natural world. Recently, the Packard Foundation created the Forest for People and Climate Initiative (FPCI). The FPCI aims to connect donors with high-impact solutions for ending tropical forest loss with a particular focus on supporting community-based organizations and their allies working to protect forests and the rights of those who defend them.[i] The goal of the FPCI is to end and reverse tropical deforestation through just and sustainable development. This includes working to build just societies and investing in forest-dependent communities.

Objective and Scope

Youth are crucial in focusing attention on the urgent need to combat climate change. Youth-led movements across the globe have been successful at influencing leaders at all levels of society. Thus, youth leadership and voice are indispensable in the fight for climate and forest justice. However, youth-led climate movements and youth-led organizations face social, economic, and political barriers that limit their capacity and hampers their potential for making change.[ii] Thus, an objective of the FPCI is to support strategic leadership and capacity building programs for environmental and cross-sectoral youth leaders of civil society organizations at the national and local levels.

In Indonesia, and other tropical forested countries, deforestation accounts for 10 to 15 percent of global emissions.[iii] Moreover, nearly half of Indonesia’s emissions come from land-use practices such as commodity agriculture, forestry, and palm oil production.[iv] When land is degraded and critical forest areas are depleted, it not only affects the natural climate but disproportionality impacts forest-dependent communities socially, economically, and environmentally. Research suggests that when rural communities have secure access to land and benefit from enhanced social welfare, (income, healthcare, education, and infrastructure), rates of forest degradation are slower.[v] In Indonesia, lower deforestation rates have been achieved through interventions that directly address local needs related to economic opportunities, resource capacity, and land rights.[vi]

Taking these factors together, the FPCI seeks to enhance support for youth movements for climate and forest justice in Indonesia. To develop new partnerships with youth climate organizations in Indonesia, the Packard Foundation is issuing an open request for proposals to youth climate organizations that have projects, research, and programs focused on the following:

  • Mitigating climate impacts
  • Forest protection
  • Campaign and capacity building for youth climate and forest leadership
  • Community-based natural resource management (i.e., Climate-smart agriculture)
  • Community land rights
  • Sustainable Forest Livelihoods

The Packard Foundation will provide up to $300,000 USD of funding over two years to each organization selected.

Qualifications and Selection Criteria

Interested parties are invited to submit expressions of interest via audio recording/podcast, video presentation, or written concept note. Please note that the Packard Foundation cannot provide grants to individuals or support partisan, electioneering, candidate support, or lobbying. Organizations must be headquartered and have a legal entity or a fiscal sponsor in Indonesia. The objective of this RFP is to support youth-led and youth-focused organizations and such organizations are encouraged to apply. Youth is defined as between ages 15-29. Organizations existing in rural, forested regions are also strongly encouraged to apply.

Selected organizations will be asked to provide additional information and undergo the Packard Foundation’s standard internal due diligence process. When reviewing applications, the Packard Foundation will take into consideration any applicable laws and regulations, imposed by both the U.S. and Indonesia, that may restrict the ability for the Foundation to make the grant(s) as proposed.

Elements of a Concept Note

Written concept notes are limited to up to 3 pages. Audio and Video presentations are limited to up to 6 minutes. Both written concept notes and audiovisual presentations should include:

  1. Brief description of organization’s history, mission, and core programs
  2. Brief description of people and groups served
  3. Brief description of proposed project, activity, and/or objective
  4. Estimated Budget

Written concept notes can be submitted in either English or Bahasa Indonesia.

Please submit concepts or presentations here

If you have any difficulty submitting to the form, please email Cam Humphrey [email protected] as soon as possible.

Terms and Conditions

Up to three organizations will receive up to $300,000 USD over two years and will be eligible for additional non-monetary support and potential limited monetary support from Packard Foundation’s Organizational Effectiveness program. Grants will be awarded in Spring 2023 and finalists will have the opportunity to meet with each other and share learnings and best practices over the course of the two-year grant period.

The following is the expected timeline for this process:

Expressions of Interest DueDecember 1, 2022, by 5 PM PDT
Invitation for Proposals SentDecember 15, 2022, by 5 PM PDT
Proposals DueJanuary 16, 2023, by 5 PM PDT
Finalists SelectedFebruary 2, 2023, by 5 PM PDT
Grants AwardedMarch 2023


Contact Information

Expressions of Interest should be submitted online to the google form link that is also located on the Grantseekers website.

Questions regarding the RFP and Expression of Interest should be sent to Cam Humphrey: [email protected]

[i] The David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Forest for People and Climate Initiative Plan. 2022

[ii] Connect4Climate. Youth-Led Climate Action: The Rise of a Global Movement. Connect4Climate. 2020

[iii]The David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Forest for People and Climate Initiative DRAFT. 2021

[iv] A.H. Wijaya. How Can Indonesia Achieve its Climate Change Mitigation Goal? An Analysis of Potential Emissions Reductions from Energy and Land-Use Policies. World Resources Institute Working Paper. 2017

[v] The David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Forest for People and Climate Initiative DRAFT. 2021

[vi] Id.