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10 strategic projects to act on climate change.

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Deadline for nominations Sunday 17 October

The COP26 CLIMATE CHANGE SHOWCASE is an online event for funders to pitch 10 of the most strategic projects that – if funded – will help shift the dial on climate solutions in Australia.

We are in a historic moment for climate action

The decisions we make today will determine the future of humanity. The UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), which will take place in Glasgow in November, is a crossroads for systemic failure or success on climate. There is mounting pressure on world leaders to bring strong commitments to reduce emissions to COP26. Yet Australia continues to stall global momentum for action. Australian philanthropy has a critical role to play in transforming us from a laggard to a leader on climate action.

Three steps to be a part of the showcase

  1. AEGN members nominate climate projects that are ready to make an impact – the projects simply need funding.
  2. The selection committee will assess the projects against the criteria and decide the top 10 to feature in the CLIMATE CHANGE SHOWCASE.
  3. The top 10 projects, represented by their AEGN funders and partner organisations, make their case for funding at the CLIMATE CHANGE SHOWCASE.

Key dates

  • Deadline for nominations Sunday 17 October 11.59pm AEDT
  • Successful applications notified by Friday 29 October
  • Complete project proposals due Friday 19 November 11.59pm AEDT
  • Online showcase held on Tuesday 30 November

Selection criteria

Only one criteria needs to be met, so please nominate even if your project does not meet all the criteria.

  • The organisation has a track record of impact.
  • The project demonstrates a significant and timely opportunity to reduce carbon pollution or accelerate climate solutions.
  • The project addresses an opportunity and gap identified in the Climate Change Funding Framework (as outlined in the nomination form).
  • The project involves or supports people and perspectives that are under-represented in climate change work, for example Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives, migrant community voices, youth perspectives.
  • The project supports collaboration, innovation or provides backbone support.

Selection committee

The selection committee is comprised of a combination of AEGN members and leaders from the climate movement:

  • Dr Catherine Brown OAM — CEO, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation
  • Sue McKinnon — McKinnon Family Foundation
  • Darrell Wade — Dawn Wade Foundation
  • Sam La Rocca — Co-Executive Director, The Sunrise Project
  • Kelly O’Shanassy — Australian Conservation Foundation


  • Projects must be nominated by an AEGN member (not the organisation delivering the project), and
  • Projects must be solely seeking philanthropic support from participating in the COP26 — CLIMATE CHANGE SHOWCASE (not impact investing).

In the past, projects seeking up to $200,000 are more likely to generate the greatest level of support.


Contact Daisy Barham, AEGN Environmental Philanthropy Manager:


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