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

How have Fellows supported community resilience projects? Hear from our Partners!

CivicSpark and the California Climate Action Corps are national service programs implemented by the Local Government Commission, dedicated to supporting organizations and local public agencies to address community resilience issues. Together, they have recruited over 400 Fellows directly supporting local governments and organizations with over 600 community and climate resilience projects all across California while serving as a career accelerator for emerging leaders.

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CivicSpark is a Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program dedicated to building local government capacity to address resilience challenges such as climate change, water resource management, housing, and mobility. Fellows focus on planning and policy support to create a lasting impact in California communities.

How it Works

  • CivicSpark places highly motivated emerging leaders with local organizations for 11-months to support research, planning, and implementation projects for community resilience.
  • CivicSpark Fellows are AmeriCorps Members selected through a competitive national application process. Fellows have at minimum a college degree in a relevant field, as well as workplace and community service experience.
  • Public agencies, State agencies, Native American Tribes, and Non-Profit Organizations can contract directly with LGC to host CivicSpark Fellows.
  • Projects must support local public agency resiliency needs around on climate change adaptation or mitigation, affordable housing, energy efficiency, water management or policy, sustainable mobility, or rural broadband.

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.

Partnership Details

CivicSpark and Climate Action Corps are federally-funded AmeriCorps programs that follow strict requirements regarding the projects and partners we can support.

  • Fellows can be placed with local public agencies, NGOs, or State agencies, but not for profit organizations (however for-profit organizations may sponsor Fellows).
  • Fellows must implement at least 2 projects or initiatives with a clear scope of work designed to build the capacity of eligible local service recipients.
  • State agencies and non-profit organizations can host Fellows but must identify a local service recipient that the Fellows’ project will serve (for CivicSpark those must be local public agencies, for Climate Action Corps those must be local public agencies or non-profits).
  • Partners must agree to follow all AmeriCorps requirements and prevent Fellows from participating in prohibited activities. See here for more information.

More Questions? Ready to Apply?

Feel free to contact Mackenzie Bolger at mbolger@lgc.org to discuss any additional questions.