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The next CCL training course will be held near Arizona, USA from 8-14th March 2020.

Find out more and apply here.

1. What does the CCL Training Course include?

The CCL Training Course is a week-long residential course for arts and cultural professionals who want to take a lead on climate change. Participants will arrive on Sunday afternoon and leave the following Saturday morning, with five full days of workshops, discussions and talks in between.

The training sessions will:

– Explore the role of culture and creativity in responding to climate change and environmental challenges;
– Bring together a range of expert guest speakers to share case studies, research, approaches and practical solutions for environmental sustainability in the cultural sector;
– Enable each participant to develop their leadership and ideas;
– Prepare participants to apply their learning and new skills when they return home, and support ongoing learning and exchange through an alumni network.

Themes will include:

Approaches to organisational change;
– Engaging people with new narratives and shifting values through art and design;
– Encouraging behaviour change through communications and advocacy;
– Collaborative ways of working to maximise impact in civic society and policy making.

A full programme will be released to participants in advance of the course.

After the course, participants will become members of the CCL Alumni network, which will facilitate ongoing communications and peer to peer exchange online and in person (where possible). Participants will also have the opportunity to apply for three small grants and a year of mentoring to implement a project related to “creative climate leadership” after the training course. Details of alumni network membership, grants and mentoring will be shared with participants during the training week.

2. Am I eligible to apply?

CCL USA is open to arts and cultural professionals working in the USA.

The CCL pilot programme (2017-2019) had a focus on arts and cultural professionals working in the European Economic Area (EEA), with some places allocated for professionals working in the arts and culture internationally.

3. What are the course requirements?

Participants do not need to do any work prior to attending the course. However, each participant commits to running a “dissemination event” after returning home from the course, as part of a commitment to putting their learning into action. This can be as simple as an internal staff meeting, or a meeting with peers from the cultural sector, a public event or an artwork about the issue. There will be time during the course to reflect and begin planning this, and participants will report back to the CCL training team to let them know how the event went.

4. Who are the course leaders?

CCL USA will be facilitated by Julie’s Bicycle and delivered in partnership with EcoArts Connections, The University of Arizona and The Colorado European Union Center of Excellence, with guest speakers and facilitators from across the USA.

The CCL Europe course was co-designed and facilitated by Julie’s Bicycle and PiNA. Both organisations have a track record of at least ten years working on the role of culture in responding to climate change and enabling sustainable development. For more information, see our Partners page.

5. At what point in their career would you consider someone too established to apply for the CCL Training Course?

You do not need to be a specific age or have a particular level of experience to attend the CCL Training Course. Before applying you need to consider how the course will enable you to make a greater impact through your work, specifically in relation to climate change and the challenges it poses to culture, leadership and society.

6. I am currently employed outside the cultural sector. Can I still apply?

If your current role significantly involves working with the cultural sector, for example working with networks, funding bodies, policymakers, communications, education and other sectors related to the cultural field. You will need to show how your particular experience fits with our criteria when applying, and to evidence your commitment to the cultural sector in the longer term.

7. Is the CCL Training Course still relevant for me if I have already done some leadership training?

Yes. This training course focuses specifically on leadership in the context of climate change, through the lens of culture and creativity. It is specific, but will be explored in relation to broader leadership challenges relevant to the cultural sector.

8. What are the benefits for my employer?

The CCL Training Course will provide you with knowledge, skills and insights on cultural action on climate change that most organisations are not in a position to provide in-house. The experience will enable you to design and implement solutions to environmental sustainability and climate adaptation relevant to your organisation, which will support organisational resilience as well as provoke new ways of thinking about what creative engagement with climate change looks like.

9. How much does the CCL Training Course cost?

CCL USA costs $2,000. This includes accommodation, food and course fees. Participants will be responsible for their own transportation costs.

10. I can’t afford it, are there any grants for low incomes?

There are a limited number of scholarships available. These grants will be awarded to successful applicants who are most in need of support, based on the rationale provided in the course application.

If you are interested in applying for alternative travel grants, we recommend contacting these sources:
1. STEP grants from the European Cultural Foundation, available to applicants in EU countries and neighbouring countries.
2. Mobility First! grants from the Asia-Europe Foundation, available to applicants in Asia and Europe.
3. Mobility fund for Egyptian artists/cultural professionals by Mophradat.

Check the mobility funding guides co-produced by On the Move for other opportunities.

Resources like the Green Art Lab Alliance Funding Guide might provide useful links to potential grants and funders.

We are also seeking additional donations from funders and supporters to sponsor participants. If you are interested in supporting a participant to attend please contact

11. Will it be possible for more than one employee from a single organisation to be chosen as a participant?

Yes, though places are limited and this should be taken into consideration when making an application.

12. Can I apply if I am self-employed?


13. Is there a preview of the application questions available?

These are made available during open application cycles.

14. I have difficulties with completing an application online. What can I do?

We are committed to making the course as accessible as possible. If you need alternative versions of the application form, or any help completing it, please contact the Julie’s Bicycle team on +44 (0) 20 8746 0400 or

15. I can’t make the current course dates. Will it be repeated?

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