Local Conservation Corps
The California Conservation Corps administers several grant programs to certified local conservation corps (LCC).
LCCs are non-profit or local government entities that share a similar mission as the CCC, by providing job skills training and educational opportunities while preserving and protecting the environment. The CCC has a long history of working collaboratively with LCCs through the state certification program and CCC grant programs.
For inquiries regarding CCC grant programs please contact the below CCC staff:
Grants to Certified LCCs
Certified LCCs are eligible to apply for CCC grant funding. The CCC administers six different grant opportunities for LCCs. For more information on each grant opportunity, use the toggles below.
Active Transportation Program (ATP) Augmentation
The purpose of ATP is to encourage increased use of active modes of transportation by increasing the proportion of trips accomplished by biking and walking and increasing safety and mobility for non-motorized users, among other things.
Senate Bill 1 (Beall, Chapter 5, Statutes of 2017) directs $100 million annually from the Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Account to ATP. Assembly Bill 97 (Ting, Chapter 14, Statutes of 2017) directs $4 million of the $100 million annually for the next five years to the CCC for active transportation projects to be developed and implemented by the CCC and certified LCCs. The availability of these funds is subject to annual appropriation by the Legislature. Not less than 50% of these funds shall be in the form of grants to certified LCCs.
The application period is currently closed.
Learn more about ATP Projects here.
To request the ATP Augmentation Guidelines, please email your Local Corps Grant Coordinator.
The purpose of the Forestry Corps program, established in 2018 by Assembly Bill 2126, is to develop and implement forest health and resilience projects while creating career and educational pathways for corpsmembers in forestry and related fields. The enacted 2023-24 California budget directed $5 million to certified LCCs for forest resilience projects in the form of grants administered by the CCC. The priority of the Forestry Corps Grant Program shall be to develop and implement projects that restore the health and resilience of California forests, grasslands, and natural lands in a manner that reduces wildfire risk to communities, while providing Corpsmembers opportunities for workforce development, education and training.
The solicitation period for certified LCCs is open. Proposals are due November 9, 2023.
Local Nature-Based Solutions Corps Program
Established by Governor Gavin Newsom in October 2020 by Executive Order N-82-20, the Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) initiative aims to elevate the role of natural and working lands in the fight against climate change and advancing biodiversity conservation. The CCC’s NBS grant program for certified LCCs is to support local corps projects and programs that provide career pathways for young adults while working on projects that address the objectives and priorities of the NBS initiative.
Funding to certified LCCs is available to establish corps programs and initiate projects that support sustainable land management; promote biodiversity protection, habitat restoration, and wildfire-resilient landscapes; accelerate natural removal of carbon and build climate resilience; and/or expand equitable outdoor access and recreation for all.
The solicitation period for certified LCCs is open. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.
Non-Residential Programs Grant
In support of the CCC’s legislative mandate to develop non-residential programs in urban and non-urban communities which have high concentrations of ethnic-minority youths, a high level of youth unemployment and a need for conservation work, the CCC provides grant funding to certified local conservation corps for corpsmember development and natural resource conservation work. The availability of these funds is subject to budget authorization by the Legislature.
The application period is currently closed for FY 2023/2024.
LCC Non-Residential Programs – Grant Guidelines 2023-2024 (PDF)
Proposition 68, the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018, was passed by the voters on June 5, 2018 and authorizes $4 billion in general obligation bonds for state and local parks, environmental protection and restoration projects, water infrastructure projects, and flood protection projects.
Section 80136 of Chapter 10 authorizes the Legislature to appropriate $40,000,000 to the CCC for natural resource conservation projects, and for equipment and facilities acquisition, development, restoration and rehabilitation. Not less than 50% of the amount available must be allocated for grants to certified LCCs.
This grant program is currently closed.
Proposition 84, the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006 was passed by the voters November 8, 2006. It added Public Resources Code 75050, authorizing the Legislature to appropriate $45 million to the California Conservation Corps (CCC) for resource conservation and restoration projects, and for facilities acquisition, development and local resource conservation activities.
The bond appropriated $32.5 million to certified local conservation corps (LCC) between two allocations:
- Allocation 1 75050(l)(1): For projects to improve public safety and improve and restore watersheds.
Allocation 2: 75050(I)(2): For acquisition and development of facilities to support LCCs and for local resource conservation activities.
Due to unspent/remaining funds from the original appropriation, the CCC has been authorized to allocate $1,293,000 from Allocation 2 to LCCs for conservation and facility development projects.
This grant program is currently closed.
2021 LCC Prop 84 Guidelines (PDF)
Forms and Templates for LCC Grants
LCCs applying for CCC administered grants will need to submit the following application and project administration documents.
CCC Form 509 – Hourly Rate Justification Form (PDF)
CCC 510 Budget Estimate Form (PDF)
CCC Form 536 – CEQA Compliance Certification Form (PDF)
California Environmental Policy Quality Act (CEQA) Notice of Exemption Template (PDF)
Sponsor Site Control/Land Tenure Letter Template (PDF)
Willing Seller Letter Template (PDF)
STD Form 204 – Payee Data Record (PDF)
STD Form 205 – Payee Data Record Supplement (PDF)
CCC Form 531 – Property Acquisition Budget Estimate Form (PDF)
Hourly Rate Justification (HRJ) Narrative Instructions (PDF)
Project Administration Documents
CCC Form 512 – Grant Reimbursement Request Form (PDF)
CCC Form 512a – Grant Reimbursement Request – No Retention (PDF)
CCC Form 513 – Grant Change Request Form (PDF)
CCC Form 514 – CMD Accomplishments Report (PDF)
CCC 515 – Grant Completion Report (PDF)
CCC Form 518 – Grant Quarterly Report (PDF)
CCC Form 529 – Non-Competitive Bid Justification Form (PDF)
CCC Form 530 – Memorandum of Unrecorded Grant Agreement (MOUGA) (PDF)
CCC Form 532 – Grant Advance Request (PDF)
CCC Form 534 – Advance Reconciliation Form (PDF)
Sponsor Verification Letter Template (PDF)
Line Item Tracker (PDF)
CCC Certification Program
The CCC certifies LCCs to ensure they are meeting statutory requirements and to make them eligible for CCC and CalRecycle grant funds. To learn more about the process and requirements to becoming a certified LCC, please email LCC_Cert@ccc.ca.gov.
State certification by the CCC, in collaboration with the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), is required for a LCC to be eligible for CalRecycle and CCC grant funding, in addition to a variety of other state funding opportunities. LCCs are certified by meeting statutory criteria defining the elements of a “Community Conservation Corps” outlined in Public Resources Code section 14507.5. Annual certification by the State of California provides LCCs recognition that they are operating according to mandatory statutes and fulfilling the mission of what it means to be a conservation corps program.
LCCs Certified for the 2023/2024 Fiscal Year
- Cesar Chavez Environmental Corps (FIELD)
- Conservation Corps North Bay
- Conservation Corps of Long Beach
- Fresno Local Conservation Corps
- Greater Valley Conservation Corps
- Los Angeles Conservation Corps
- Orange County Conservation Corps
- Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps
- San Francisco Conservation Corps
- San Jose Conservation Corps
- Sequoia Community Corps
- Urban Conservation Corps of the Inland Empire
- Urban Corps of San Diego County
For a copy of the Certification Manual please email LCC_Cert@ccc.ca.gov
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