Applications are open for local authorities in England to join our new Local Climate Engagement (LCE) programme.
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LCE will enable local authorities and partnerships to plan, commission and deliver high quality public engagement in their climate decision-making, in a way that benefits both them and their local population. 

The programme is an exciting new opportunity for local authorities to work with us and our four partner organisations for the programme: Involve, Democratic Society, Shared Future and Climate Outreach.

All are amongst the UK’s leading organisations in the fields of local government, public participation in climate decision-making, and climate communications and advocacy.

How does it work?

Through the programme we will work with two groups of local authorities:

The Coaching Group:

Local authorities who join the Coaching Group will develop their capability and confidence in planning, commissioning and overseeing public engagement in climate decision-making.

The programme content includes training for council officers, draw-down mentoring time, and peer learning sessions.  

The Project Group:

Local authorities who join the Project Group will work with us to deliver a high quality piece of local public engagement in climate decision-making, and start to embed the approaches and skills needed for future participation work.

The programme content includes training for council officers, up to £45,000 of our time (pro-bono) to support each local authority to plan and deliver a piece of public engagement work, and peer learning sessions. 

Why is this needed? 

Local authorities have a unique leadership role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and helping local areas adapt to the effects of climate change.

Across the country they have shown bold leadership by setting Net Zero targets that are years ahead of the national government.

But they will only be able to deliver their role effectively and achieve a fair Net Zero transition by enabling public participation in their climate decision-making.

How can I apply?

Local authorities who would like to join LCE should send a completed expression of interest form to with the subject line ‘LCE application’.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 24 January 2022.

The programme is funded by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK branch) and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

How can I find out more?

Our programme prospectus and FAQs contain full information about the programme.

If you can't find the answer to your question there, please do get in touch at

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