The CivicSpark Partner Application is now open!

2022-23 Partner Application Calendar

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February 17

CivicSpark Partner Informational Webinar

When: 1:00PM PST

Where: Virtual Event | Register Here

April 21

CivicSpark Partner Informational Webinar

When: 1:00PM PST

Where: Virtual Event | Register Here

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

CivicSpark is a national service program implemented by the CivicWell (formerly the Local Government Commission), dedicated to supporting organizations and local public agencies to address community resilience issues such as climate change, water resource management, housing, and mobility. As a Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program, we have recruited over 500 Fellows directly supporting local governments and organizations with over 800 community and climate resilience projects all across California while serving as a career accelerator for emerging leaders.

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, Tribes, and non-profit organizations can contract directly to host CivicSpark Fellows.
  • Projects must support local public agency resiliency needs such as climate change adaptation or mitigation, affordable housing, energy efficiency, water management or policy, sustainable mobility, or rural broadband.

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Housing

Water

Mobility

Learn more about our projects and impacts

Core Activities

All CivicSpark Fellows provide support through 4 core activities:

  • Gap Assessments: Fellows interview public agency staff and review key documents to determine current needs 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 to engage community members in resilience efforts.
  • Knowledge Sharing: Fellows sustain progress beyond their service year by training staff or sharing results of their projects with key stakeholders.

What We’re Looking For

Tangible and impactful resiliency projects

  • Clear, suitable scope of work
  • Commitment to implementation
  • Strong connection to public agencies’ needs

Commitment to Fellows growth and development

  • Direct project oversight
  • Dedicated Fellow supervisor
  • Supportive professional environment

Partnership Details

CivicSpark follows strict requirements regarding the projects and partners we can support.

  • Fellows cannot be placed at for-profit organizations.
  • Fellows must implement projects or initiatives with a clear scope of work designed to build organizational capacity.
  • Partners must agree to follow all AmeriCorps requirements (see here for more information)

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

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