• Fully Funded
  • Brooklyn, New York, USA

Calling for applications for the Climate Democracy Accelerator 2024!


Climate change is a global issue affecting every aspect of modern society, from declining agricultural productivity and rising sea levels to drought, forest fires, and catastrophic flooding. To tackle this crisis effectively, governments have a mandate to enable and encourage citizens, civil society, activists, and more to participate in shaping and implementing climate policies. Expanding public participation and incorporating marginalized voices into decision-making processes is crucial for creating climate-focused policies that are equitable and responsive to community needs.


People Powered is seeking government and civil society leaders to join a new cohort of innovators dedicated to launching participatory programs aimed at shaping climate policy. These areas include clean transportation, renewables, decarbonization, energy-efficient homes, air pollution, agroecology, and more. The program is open to governmental institutions, civil society organizations, and non-governmental organizations from around the world, with space for 15 participants per cohort.


The Climate Democracy Accelerator (CDA) is a six-month, practice-oriented training and support program designed to prepare participants to plan and implement an inclusive and participatory process for a just climate transition. Throughout the program, participants will develop a project that implements a climate-focused participatory programme addressing the needs and voices of local communities. Selected applicants will benefit from access to a dedicated mentor who will guide the development of their program.


Participants in the CDA will also receive:

  • Step-by-step resources such as the Participation Playbook, an 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.

By joining the CDA, leaders will be equipped with the skills and resources needed to engage communities in climate policy-making processes effectively. This will not only foster more democratic and inclusive decision-making but also ensure that climate policies are more just and responsive to the diverse needs of communities around the world. Together, we can create a sustainable future through collaborative and participatory climate action.


United States


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.
Eligible Regions: Open for All

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?

Application Deadline: June 27, 2024

Application ClosedOfficial link

For Further Queries

For further queries: Address: 157 13th St. Brooklyn, NY 11215 United States Email: [email protected] Phone: +1-917-397-6403
Disclaimer: Youth Opportunities spreads opportunities for your convenience and ease based on available information, and thus, does not take any responsibility of unintended alternative or inaccurate information. As this is not the official page, we recommend you to visit the official website of opportunity provider for complete information. For organizations, this opportunity is shared with sole purpose of promoting “Access to Information” for all and should not be associated with any other purposes.

Log in with your credentials

Forgot your details?