Thinking Globally, Acting Locally

Applications for 2023 have now closed!

The Local Solutions Awarded Funding

Thank you! Since our launch for our call for applications, we have been overwhelmed with the response for youth-led Local Solutions to the impacts of the covid-19 pandemic.

To date GYM has invested:

  • Over $5 million
  • In 6 cycles of funding
  • In 654 projects
  • In over 125 countries

We would like to continue to invite individual young people, informal groups and youth-led grassroots organizations to stay engaged with us about your ideas and how you are addressing the challenges that effect young people globally.  

About Local Solutions

Youth-led solutions to the pandemic recovery are at the heart of the Global Youth Mobilization. It is essential that structures are put in place to harness the surge of youth-led activism, creative solutions, passion and commitment seen since the start of the pandemic. This is why we invested funding, through a unique and world-first open call to young people, regardless of background or location, to submit their solutions to the health and societal COVID-19 challenges in their communities

Local Solutions applications were assessed by our youth panelists, with funding awarded in 4 tiers, from $500 through to $5,000 to cover projects working on various thematic areas of work.

The Local Solutions platform is powered by The Global Youth Mobilization is grateful for their generous support.


Learn more about the projects and young people who have been making positive change helping their peers and communities during COVID-19.

Funding themes

Over 6 cycles of funding we have supported youth-led solutions that cover a wide range of issues that have been impacted by the pandemic, including:

COVID-19 prevention/protection measures and vaccination

Addressing the impact of education disruption

Improving employability

Improving mental or physical health

Providing access to the internet and/or digital innovation

Empowering young people to lead in their community

Combating the impact of domestic violence and gender-based violence


The application platform was designed to be accessible to all young people, with online and offline forms available and accessible in six languages. Simple, easy to complete forms including video uploads were utilized to ensure that the application process was as user-friendly as possible.