Local Conservation Corps

Two men put branches in wood chipper

Corpsmembers from Civicorps, a certified Local Conservation Corps in Oakland, CA, chip material recently cleared from a regional trail, funded by the Active Transportation Program.

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:

LCC Grants
Ka-Ryn Escovedo
(916) 341-3126

Grants to Certified LCCs

Certified LCCs are eligible to apply for CCC grant funding. The CCC administers four different grant opportunities for LCCs. Proposition 68 and Proposition 84 made the CCC the grant administrator for funds dedicated to certified LCCs. Assembly Bill 97 requires the CCC to administer grants to LCCs for the Active Transportation (ATP) Augmentation. The CCC also administers grant opportunities for non-residential programs.

Proposition 68

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.

The application period for 2020/2021 Cycle 3 is now closed.

20/21 Revised Guidelines for Certified LCCs (PDF)

Proposition 84

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.

The application period for FY 2020/21 is now closed.
2021 LCC Prop 84 Guidelines (PDF)

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 for FY 2020/21 is now closed.
Learn more about ATP Projects here.
Augmentation Guidelines and Procedures

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 solicitation period for FY 21/22 is now open. The deadline to submit applications is Thursday, August 26, 2021.
LCC Non-Residential Programs – Grant Guidelines 2122 (PDF)
LCC Non-Res – CMD Grant Application 2122 (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 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 contact the below CCC staff:

CCC Certification
Christie Rochte
(310) 528-1602

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 2021/2022 Fiscal Year

  • Cesar Chavez Environmental Corps – Tehachapi, CA
  • Civicorps – Oakland, CA
  • Conservation Corps North Bay – San Rafael, CA
  • Conservation Corps of Long Beach – Long Beach, CA
  • Fresno Local Conservation Corps – Fresno, CA
  • Greater Valley Conservation Corps – Stockton, CA
  • Los Angeles Conservation Corps – Los Angeles, CA
  • Orange County Conservation Corps – Anaheim, CA
  • Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps – Sacramento, CA
  • San Francisco Conservation Corps – San Francisco, CA
  • San Jose Conservation Corps – San Jose, CA
  • Sequoia Community Corps – Visalia, CA
  • Urban Conservation Corps of the Inland Empire – San Bernardino, CA
  • Urban Corps of San Diego County – San Diego, CA

Download the Certification Manual (PDF)

Links to Additional Information

California Association of Local Conservation Corps

California Natural Resources Agency – Prop 68