People Powered Climate Democracy Accelerator ($10,000 Grant)

People Powered Climate Democracy Accelerator (CDA) 2024 (10,000 USD implementation grant)

People Powered Climate Democracy Accelerator (CDA) 2024 (10,000 USD implementation grant)

Applications are now open for the 2024 People Powered Climate Democracy Accelerator Program. People Powered is looking for government and civil society leaders to form a new cohort of innovators interested in launching participatory programs to shape climate policy in areas such as clean transportation, renewables, decarbonization and energy efficient homes, air pollution, agroecology and more.

To be selected for this program, applicants must be governmental institutions, civil society organizations or non-governmental organizations. The program is open to applicants from all over the world, with space for 15 participants per cohort.

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. 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.

Eligibility and Requirements for People Powered Climate Democracy Accelerator (CDA)

  • 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.


  1. May 8 — June 27, 2024: Applications are open until June 27, 11:59 pm UTC (check your timezone here).
  2. July 2024: Selected participants are notified. 
  3. August — September 2024: Due diligence and onboarding.
  4. October 2024: Program begins.
  5. March 2025: Program ends.
  6. April — June 2025: Participants share learnings.
  7. July 2025 — September 2026: Participants implement their action plan.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the People Powered Climate Democracy Accelerator

Application Deadline: June 27, 2024,