Climate Democracy Action Program 2022

Deadline: July15, 2022

Climate Democracy Action Program 2022

Climate Democracy Action (CDA) is a practice-oriented training and support program that prepares advocates and policymakers to use participatory strategies to drive local governments’ response to the climate crisis. It focuses on design approaches that emphasize equity and inclusion, thus addressing environmental disparities and inequalities and shifting power and resources to where they are needed most. The program is a collaboration between People Powered, World Resources Institute, and FIMA, with funding support from Porticus.

The climate crisis demands fast and ambitious action. By bringing the public into decision-making, governments can make tough choices together with their constituents to create policies that are more equitable and responsive to their local needs.

If you want to be a leader in using participatory strategies to manage your government’s response to the climate crisis, the Climate Democracy Action (CDA) program is for you. CDA is an intensive, practice-oriented training and support program that will prepare you to plan and implement an inclusive, equitable, participatory process for a just climate transition. The program is a collaboration between People Powered, World Resources Institute and FIMA, with funding support from Porticus.

Over the course of six months, participants will receive action-oriented training; a dedicated, expert mentor; and peer-learning opportunities to develop an action plan to launch a climate-focused participatory program. They will get first access to the new, interactive Participation Playbook, to walk them through the planning process step by step.  Participants will complete a fully developed action plan for a climate-focused participatory program, and be awarded a certification in Climate Democracy Action.

We will select two of the action plans to receive an implementation grant: (1) the best overall plan and (2) the best plan to be implemented in the sub-Saharan region. Each team will receive a grant of $20,000 USD.

Who is the Climate Democracy Action program for?

We will select 40 advocates and policymakers seeking to launch a participatory program for climate action to receive free training, mentorship, and peer support. This includes:

  • Members of civil society organizations or coalitions who are supporting or advocating for public participation, democracy, and climate action.

  • Local government staff, officials, and policymakers seeking to implement a participatory program for climate action.

Who is eligible for the $20,000 USD award?
Applicants interested in the award must meet additional eligibility criteria:

  • Be from a civil society organization or coalition engaged with a local government authority that wants to implement or improve a participatory program for climate action.

  • Be from a local government authority receiving the support of a civil society organization that can be the grant recipient.

How much time must participants dedicate to the program?

  • Participants can expect to spend an average of two hours per week from September 2022 to March 2023.

  • They must set aside a few key dates on their calendars to participate in the program’s live sessions.

How can you apply for the Climate Democracy Action Program 2022

Complete and submit the application form linked at the bottom of this page. You’ll be asked to provide a detailed response to the following questions:

  1. What type of experience do you have with participatory or deliberative processes? (maximum of 1250 characters)

  2. What is your experience working with local governments or civil society organizations on environmental policy or planning for addressing climate change? Can you provide an example? (maximum of 1250 characters)

  3. How have you engaged marginalized or excluded communities in your previous work? These groups or communities can include climate vulnerable communities, immigrants, refugees, disabled people, religious minorities, ethnic and racial minorities, youth and children, elderly people, women, and LGBTQ+ people, among others. (maximum of 1250 characters)

  4. If you are a civil society organization, how have you engaged with local government on participatory programs? If you are a local government, how have you engaged with civil society organizations on participatory programs? Do you have a formal partnership agreement? (maximum of 2000 characters)

  5. Is there an upcoming or ongoing local climate-focused planning or policy making process that you are aware of and that the CDA program could support?  (maximum of 1250 characters)

  6. What will you try to accomplish by participating in the CDA program? What are the biggest challenges that you want to address? (maximum of 1250 characters)

  7. What kind of support do you need from the program to help reach your goals? (maximum of 1000 characters)

  8. Is there any other information that may help us to understand your interest and experience? (maximum of 1000 characters)


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