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2022 U.S. Grassroots Accelerator

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Application Deadline: May 20, 2022

The Accelerator Cohort will include leaders nominated by organizations from around the U.S. and U.S. Territories. You’ll participate in a four-month interactive, virtual curriculum that is collaborative, hands-on, and non-extractive.

Through a time-tested curriculum, you will build your capacity to up-level, improve on and scale your existing environmental and climate initiatives. The Accelerator will provide support, tools, and mentorship to develop actionable climate and environmental strategies for your region. You’ll also gain new skills, visibility, resources, and momentum for your critical work. Although there are regional and sector-specific small groups within the cohort, you will gain considerably by exchanging and linking strategies with your national counterparts. Throughout the program, you will also work to pivot or position your initiatives to respond directly to the COVID-19 pandemic.


The Programming Includes:

  • 4 months of weekly facilitated virtual skillbuilding, knowledge exchange, and coaching with an action-oriented focus specifically tailored for participants’ work with other leaders
  • Weekly group video calls and webinars with expert speakers
  • Connecting with those with expertise in topics such as how to measure the impact of one’s work, increasing awareness of one’s work through effective communications strategies, diverse models for raising funds, leadership development, and healing and self-care
  • Alumni Mentors and Affinity Groups designed to dig deeper into challenges and solutions
  • The virtual “Collaboratory”: A 2- day virtual experiential learning and knowledge-share in November
  • Graduation into the Women’s Earth Alliance – a global alliance of women environmental and climate justice leaders

Through this program each Leader will:

  •  generate greater impact in their initiative
  • reach more people with their message
  • create partnerships and alliances that will deepen their effectiveness and broaden their reach.

Application Procedure

The Accelerator is designed for seasoned women leaders looking to grow, replicate, and accelerate a well-developed environmental/climate solution, initiative, or campaign that is underway.

The Curriculum Includes:

  • Skills in professional development, leadership, economic justice, advocacy, communications, and environmental innovations facilitated by issue experts and cohort peers
  • A comprehensive Action Plan to accelerate their climate/environmental initiative including an impact framework and metrics, implementation strategy, timeline, and budget
  • Professionally produced media assets for participants to leverage in their work
  • Skill and knowledge exchange within Affinity Groups (e.g., Just Transition, food sovereignty, land/resource rights, water rights, etc.)
  • Ongoing one-on-one expert and peer mentorship
  • Accelerator Grants to grow their urgently needed, high-impact climate/environmental initiatives, campaigns or policy platforms
  • Accelerator Alumni, sharing resources, networks, and a repository of best practices
  • Guidance in pivoting/positioning their work to respond to COVID-19 pandemic
  • Ongoing Global Alliance Support to implement their Action Plans that are designed for long-term sustainability, policy change, and environmental and climate resilience

Official Website: 2022 U.S. Grassroots Accelerator

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