2021-22 CivicSpark and Climate Action Corps Partner Application Now Open!

Interested in hosting a Fellow? Have questions about the Partner application process?

Sign up for an upcoming informational webinar to ask questions live or watch the webinar recording, read through the information on this site, or contact Mackenzie Bolger at mbolger@lgc.org to discuss any outstanding questions.

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How CivicSpark Works

CivicSpark supports resiliency-focused research, planning, and implementation projects that benefit local public agencies in California. CivicSpark provides public agencies and other organizations with 11 months of quality capacity building support via highly motivated emerging leaders.

All CivicSpark Fellows are AmeriCorps Members selected through a highly competitive national application process. Fellows have at minimum a college degree in a relevant field, and typically have workplace and/or community service experience. CivicSpark Fellows are placed with partner organizations across the state (ideally in teams of two or more for Fellow experience and impact). Regional Coordinators locally and program staff in Sacramento support both Fellows and host Site Supervisors. Regional Coordinators provide partners with project-level engagement and coordinate Fellow professional development activities. CivicSpark program staff at LGC handle administrative duties and provide sector-specific expertise to both Fellows and partners.

Public agencies, State agencies, Native American Tribes, and Non-Profit Organizations can contract directly with LGC to host CivicSpark Fellows as long as the project work

  • Meets a defined “resiliency capacity need.” CivicSpark defines capacity building as providing project support to increase local public agency effectiveness, efficiency, or scale/reach; and
  • Is closely connected to a specific local public agency “beneficiary”. Beneficiaries can include counties, cities, towns, special districts, school districts, MPOs, COGs, JPAs, etc. who have a defined capacity need (see eligibility below), will “benefit” from the project’s implementation and can commit to completing a pre- and post-service capacity survey, and to participating in at least one project interview with the Fellow.

Note that the host or project partner does not have to be the “beneficiary.”

All CivicSpark Fellows provide support to public agencies through 4 core activities:

  • Gap Assessments: Fellows interview public agency staff and review key documents to determine current needs relevant to their thematic track, and work with Site Supervisors to finalize their project scope.
  • Service Projects: Fellows conduct a specific research, planning, or implementation project based on the gap assessment results.
  • Volunteer Engagement: Fellows establish new volunteer programs or enhance pre-existing programs relevant to their thematic track.
  • Knowledge Sharing: Fellows sustain progress beyond their service year by training staff and/or sharing results of their projects with key stakeholders.

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Partnership Details

CivicSpark and Climate Action Corps are federally-funded AmeriCorps programs that use national service to build local agency capacity to address emerging environmental and/or socio-economic issues. We must follow strict requirements on what partners we can work with and how we define our service to local public agencies.

  • Fellows can be placed with local public agencies, NGOs, or State agencies.
  • Fellows cannot serve directly with a for-profit organization (however for-profit organizations may sponsor Fellows).
  • Fellows must implement at least 2 distinct projects designed to build capacity of eligible local service recipients. Regardless of the project partner, the project scope must have a clearly defined connection to an eligible local public agency, or agencies. (See eligibility criteria below)
  • For CivicSpark Service recipients – the target recipient of service – can be local, county, or regional public agencies (e.g., cities, towns, special districts, school districts, MPOs, COGs, etc.) or Federally Recognized Tribes. State agencies, NGOs, and for-profit entities cannot serve as service recipients, however, a state agency or NGO can serve as a project partner and host a Fellow, just not as the service recipient.
  • For Climate Action Corps, non-profits can serve as project partner and service recipient.
  • Fellows must have a defined scope of work for each project that aligns with our program mission, and that can be completed within the term of service.
  • Partners must agree to follow all AmeriCorps requirements and prevent Fellows from participating in prohibited activities.
  • Partners must ensure that target public agency service recipients provide required eligibility information and complete a pre- and post-service Capacity Assessment survey.
  • Partners must describe how the proposed project activities will build new capacity for the project service recipients.
  • Partners will be asked to provide information on geographical region, target audience, project focus, and project outputs.
  • Partners must agree to abide by federal AmeriCorps guidelines on prohibited activities and ensure Fellows only engage in allowable activities. See here for more information.

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