Start a Local Program

PLEASE NOTE: THE DEADLINE FOR STARTING NEW SUMMER OF SOLUTIONS PROGRAMS HAS PASSED. YOU CAN, HOWEVER, START A LOCAL INITIATIVE! READ ON…

Are you a young leader looking to bring change to your community? Do you have a dream for a green economy project you want to start where you live? Have you started a project that you want to build in connection with a network of similar projects elsewhere? If so, now is your chance to apply to start a new local program with Grand Aspirations!

Click here to apply to start a Local Initiative with Grand Aspirations!

We are now accepting Local Initiative applications through December 15, 2013.  Please apply using the online application. You have two opportunities to build a Grand Aspirations program in your community:

1. Create a Local Initiative

Local leaders interested in starting or further developing an innovative green economy project can apply to start a Local Initiative. Local Initiatives are year-round projects that focus on building replicable, self-sustaining models for advancing a green economy. They differ from Summer of Solutions programs and Hubs in that they do not explicitly focus on building youth leadership and occur year-round.

You may be ready to build a Local Initiative if:

  • You want to start a project for the first time OR you already have started a project but want to connect more deeply with others in a national context.

  • You want to work with Grand Aspirations for at least one year from when you begin.

  • Your team can commit to meeting the Local Initiative guidelines.

Please refer the guidelines for 2014 Local Initiatives for further information about what it takes to start a Local Initiative. If you’re drawn to it, apply to start a Local Initiative here!

2. Transform your current Grand Aspirations program into a Hub.

Local Grand Aspirations leaders interested in forming a long-term regional center of project incubation and youth leadership development can apply to start a Hub.

You may be ready to start a Hub if:

  • Have done green economy development work for at least a year and bring significant experience in project development.

  • Have led a Grand Aspirations project, or a similar type of project, in your community.

  • Have significant experience building youth leadership.

  • Your team can commit to meeting the Hub guidelines.

The formal application process for applying to become a Grand Aspirations Hub is separate from the application to start a Summer of Solutions program or Local Initiative. If you are interested, please fill out this short interest form and a GA representative will follow up with you with more information.