Climate Democracy Action (CDA) Program for Advocates and Policymakers 2022
Deadline: July 15, 2022
Applications for the Climate Democracy Action (CDA) Program 2022 are now open. The 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.
Over the course of six months, participants will receive action-oriented training; be assigned a dedicated, expert mentor; and participate in peer-learning opportunities as they develop an action plan to launch a climate-focused participatory program. They will be given first access to the new, interactive Participation Playbook, to walk them through the planning process step by step.
- By the end of the program, participants will complete a fully developed action plan for a climate-focused participatory program, and be awarded a certification in Climate Democracy Action.
- They will select two of the action plans to receive an implementation grant:
- the best overall plan and
- the best plan to be implemented in the sub-Saharan region.
- Each team will receive a grant of $20,000 USD.
They will select 40 advocates or 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 members, 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 OR
- Be from a local government authority receiving the support of a civil society organization that can be the grant recipient.
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:
- What type of experience do you have with participatory or deliberative processes? (maximum of 1250 characters)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- What kind of support do you need from the program to help reach your goals? (maximum of 1000 characters)
- Is there any other information that may help them to understand your interest and experience? (maximum of 1000 characters)
For more information, visit CDA Program.