STILL-LEGAL!, established after the election of 2016, sells Still-Legal! t-shirts and mugs to support grants to young activists fighting for their planet.

YOU ARE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 13 AND 30. YOU HAVE A CLEAR VISION for impacting climate and environmental justice. You've successfully led others to embrace and act upon your vision. You're invited to apply for a Merlyn Climate Grant.

Merlyn Climate Grants go to youth and young adults who lead others in defending core values under special threat today: values such as climate protection and support for science.

Climate Grants recognize the power of an individual to effect change. The grants help successful young climate activists take advantage of opportunities and respond to challenges. Grants underwrite activities that have a positive impact on your community --- community action, artistic and dramatic productions, organizing, training, workshops, podcasts, and film. Grants may also be used toward supplemental expenses such as marketing, travel, materials, permits, and legal aid. In supporting your vision, creativity and persistence, our aim is to support whatever is needed to keep your successful climate solutions project buzzing. 

CLIMATE GRANT AWARDS: Applicants may request up to $3000.

WHO MAY APPLY: Young climate leaders age 13 to 30 who live in New England and New York.  Affiliation with a 501(c)3 organization is not required.  

NOMINATIONS:A nomination from a supporter is notnecessary or expected. Nevertheless, we welcome nominations from friends, family, and supporters. To suggest a young climate leader, please send your email to Jim Stahl, Grants Leader, at

APPLICATION DEADLINE: See or the next deadline. Early applications are encouraged as in some cases grant decisions are made on a rolling basis well before the deadline. Candidates are usually notified within 30 days of application. 


In the body of your email -- not as an attachment -- please 

1.  Specify the amount of your Climate Grant request.

2.  Include your name, address, date of birth, education, email address and phone number and (if desired) social media pages

3.  Describe in detail your intended or current climate leadership project and how your grant will be used. Please show in detail how the funds, if awarded, will be spent. A detailed spreadsheet or worksheet may be attached as a separate file for this purpose. 

4.  Describe your recent success in climate leadership.  Explain one key insight you’ve gained in your role as a leader.

5.  Note any additional sources of funding for your project. Your project must be current or expected to begin within 120 days.

6.  Include the names and contact information of two (2) people who are willing to be contacted as references.

Applications may include, though this step is not required, one letter of support, which:

Is written by a supporter who can speak to your passion and success in leadership. Letter may be submitted by a mentor, coworker, teacher, family member or friend, and should include the writer's email address and phone number. Recommenders must be at least sixteen years old.

Describes your recent leadership experience, to help the Merlyn's Pen/Still-Legal! team get a picture of your unique brand of leadership.

You may also attach additional support materials such as photographs, videos, handouts, art or music files, social media, etc.

EMAIL YOUR APPLICATION BY THE DEADLINE to: with the subject heading "Climate Grant Application." Attach supporting materials, including any letters of support, as PDF or Word files. Supporting photos, videos, etc., are welcome.

We look forward to your application. For more information, email  You're invited to call the Grant Director at 401-743-8489.