What does it mean to be a GrizzlyCorps Partner:

Project partners will complete an application defining unmet resilience and capacity needs in their organization, as well as describing desired outcomes and the potential members role. Our staff will evaluate applications using a rubric designed to ensure that projects: meet a clearly defined resiliency need; provide an appropriate member role; connect to eligible high need beneficiaries, and do not displace or supplant staff. If GrizzlyCorps receives more project applications than we have slots to serve, our team will prioritize support based on urgency of need (e.g. communities facing more significant burdens, or critical capacity gaps), preservation of geographic diversity, and alignment with state priorities.

Service will be delivered by college graduates with relevant backgrounds (e.g. agriculture and forestry, planning, policy, community development) who will implement ~3 capacity-building projects. Example projects include developing farm action and fire reduction plan measures; researching regenerative agriculture and ecological forestry techniques and effectiveness; implementing pilot projects; developing a local community resilience plan; assisting site assessments; organizing education outreach and sessions; and more. The fellows intervention process supports a wide spectrum of activities thereby allowing members to respond to local needs while implementing a structured four-stage framework during their service.

GrizzlyCorps fellows can support our partner organizations by (1) providing tangible resource or system development outcomes (e.g. reports, inventories, etc.), which can improve efficiency, effectiveness, or scale and reach of your projects; (2) improving opportunities to engage stakeholders and volunteers, so that activities have broader and longer-term support from your communities; and (3) conducting field work and introducing or developing new tools and resources. In the short-term, our fellow’s will help you engage, implement, and build capacity of local community resilience efforts that address the unprecedented threats of climate change. We expect that in the long-term that our program, through the work of our fellows, will accelerate local adoption of policies and programs that reduce environmental risks or address critical socioeconomic threats driven by climate change to ensure community resilience across California. 


The Process:

All GrizzlyCorps projects will increase the capacity of local communities to promote resilience and respond to climate threats. Examples of projects include developing local plans, inventorying risks and vulnerabilities, implementing pilot and demonstration projects, and engaging keys stakeholders.


Overall, all GrizzlyCorps members follow the same 4-stage intervention process with support of their host organization:             

  • Gap Assessment where members identify capacity building goals

  • Research, planning, and implementation projects to address these goals

  • Volunteer recruitment activities to engage the community in efforts

  • Transitioning of knowledge to community members

Throughout this process, our partners are required to supervise and provide support to the fellow throughout their term of service. Our partners are asked to fill out a Pre-service Capacity Assessment, which will help our fellows complete the Gap Assessment at the beginning of their term of service and ultimately ensure that their projects align with your organization’s needs. Partners will also be expected to participate in regular check-ins with the GrizzlyCorps team, as well as performance measure evaluations and professional development opportunities.


GrizzlyCorps Fellows, in accordance with AmeriCorps guidelines, can only engage in specific goals or tasks. All members will exclusively engage in:

  • Capacity building projects to address resilience and local climate needs.

  • Volunteer engagement to recruit and build volunteer services and support existing volunteers.

  • Professional development to build both professional skills and community development skills, and to enhance the esprit de corps experience.


Benefits to our Partners:

  • Partner placements receive dedicated project support from enthusiastic emerging professionals who receive professional development and sector training

  • Direct support for specific resiliency projects

  • Increased capacity for sustainable and resilient communities

  • A pipeline for future resiliency projects

  • Stronger State-local partnerships for information and expertise exchange

  • AmeriCorps members with training in climate change, regenerative agriculture, fire management, and forest resilience

  • Increased outreach and volunteerism at the local level


  • Provide meaningful supervision and well thought out projects for volunteers to work on

  • Provide physical space to work (please reach out to us about any Covid-related concerns about this requirement)

  • Complete paperwork required by AmeriCorps

  • Hosts are NOT responsible for providing housing or food (volunteers get a roughly $1,800/month stipend) but assistance with finding housing is appreciated

  • A contribution/match toward the costs of the GrizzlyCorps program (which include the volunteers stipend, medical insurance, workers compensation, recruitment, training, and administrative costs).

  • Amount of contribution is $20,000 

    • Please see funding factsheet for more details

Our partner application for the 2022-2023 service year is now closed. Please check back next year for updated timelines about the next cycle.