Climate Democracy Accelerator (Grant – $10,000)

Climate Democracy Accelerator

Deadline: 27th June, 2024

The Climate Democracy Accelerator (CDA) is a six-month, practice-oriented training and support program that prepares members to plan and implement an inclusive and participatory process for a just climate transition. Participants will develop a project to implement a climate-focused participatory program that addresses the needs and voices of local communities.

Climate Democracy AcceleratorBenefits

Selected applicants will have access to a dedicated mentor to guide the development of their program, along with:

  • Step-by-step resources such as the Participation Playbook, our interactive, online tool for designing participatory programs.

  • Practice-oriented live sessions and online courses.

  • A 10,000 USD implementation grant.

  • The opportunity to apply for an additional 20,000 USD award for the best project developed by program participants.


  • Government officials, staff members and policymakers who want to launch a participatory program for making just climate-related decisions. Please note: Government institutions applying must have a partnership with a civil society organization/non-governmental organization, as the grant recipient must be a non-governmental entity.

  • Civil society organization staff members and/or climate advocates who want to implement a participatory program focused on climate in partnership with a government institution. Please note: Civil society organizations applying must work in partnership with a government institution, as they must follow up with the implementation of the action plan.

Organizations should nominate a lead participant with professional proficiency in at least one of the following languages: English, French, Portuguese or Spanish. Applications from organizations or governments based in G20 countries are encouraged, especially from Brazil, India, Mexico, South Africa and Indonesia. People Powered or Open Government Partnership members will be prioritized.

People Powered cannot give funds to volunteer groups or recently incorporated civil society organizations through this program. To receive funding, your organization needs to

  • Demonstrate at least one full year of operations and successful fundraising to support such operations prior to being short-listed for the program.

  • Have paid staff as well as a board of directors or advisory committee.

  • Be registered as a non-profit organization in the country of operations.

Application Process

The application form contains the following questions:

  • In no more than 200 words, please describe your proposal for a participatory or deliberative project to address a climate challenge.

  • In no more than 150 words, please describe the climate challenge you would like to address.

  • In no more than 250 words, how will your participatory or deliberative project support a just transition in your context? How will you engage marginalized or excluded communities in this work? A just transition refers to a future in which the worst impacts of the climate crisis are mitigated, communities have adaptive capacity, and the effects of the climate crisis are more equitably distributed. Marginalized groups or communities can include climate-vulnerable populations, immigrants, refugees, disabled people, religious minorities, ethnic and racial minorities, youth and children, elderly people, women, and LGBTQ+ people, among others.

  • In 100 words, describe one key experience that demonstrates how you have worked in partnership to deliver a participatory or deliberative program to address a climate challenge. If you haven’t had experience with this, please provide one example of a climate program you have delivered and a partnership you have worked in successfully.*

  • In 100 words, what will you try to accomplish by participating in the CDA program? Share how the program support and grant will help your organization to achieve your goals. Please be as specific as possible.

  • Additional information: Is there any specific support you will need from the program or any additional information you would like to add?

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