With Capacity Building Grants, CCLT strives to build a culture of learning, limit the burden of reporting, and meet funder requirements.  

CCLT will award a maximum of $1.05 million in reimbursable grants to build the capacity of the state’s land trusts and their partners.

Reporting Requirement
Quarterly virtual meetings will be conducted between CCLT and grantee(s) to hear about progress and to provide any support needed to the grantees. All grantees must submit quarterly invoices that will include a brief written report outlining the tasks and outcomes completed during the quarter, expenses associated with those tasks, and discussion of challenges encountered. A template and training will be provided. Other support contact can happen periodically as necessary or upon request.

A final report summarizing project goals, activities, and outcomes will be due upon completion of the project, or no later than 45 days after the end of the grant period. In addition, all grantees will be required to complete pre- and post-grant surveys.

Quarterly Cohort Meetings
Quarterly virtual cohort meetings will be conducted with CCLT and grantees to build technical capacity, and for grantees to network and share successes, ask questions, etc. All grantees should include two (2) hours per quarter into their overall budget for their project manager and other project staff as appropriate to attend these cohort meetings. 

Grant Agreement
If awarded, a grant agreement between CCLT and grantee will be required. The agreement will impose certain conditions on the grantee per CCLT’s contract with DOC. The template for Grant Agreements is provided as Appendix B.

In general, projects will be funded in arrears based on quarterly invoices submitted by grantee to CCLT. There is no withholding or retention. Projects may be eligible for advance funding of up to 20%. Native or underserved community partners may be eligible for additional advance funds. Advance funding will be determined on a case-by-case basis after grants are awarded.

Grant Guidelines

Webinar Registration
July 24 at 12:00pm

Grant Timeline*

June 20, 2024

Grant Applications Open

July 9-Sep 20, 2024

CA Onward Program Director available for consultations

July 24 from 12:00pm-1:00pm

Virtual Information Webinar

Sep 20, 2024

Applications Due 

Oct 18, 2024

Grant Decisions (est.)

Oct 31, 2024 – Oct 1, 2026

Potential Grant Period

*Applications from Native-led land trusts, or applications that include partnerships with underserved community organizations and/or Tribes or Native-led organizations may be submitted at any time. Please contact the CA Onward Program Director by September 20, 2024 to inform us of your intent to apply. Funding is limited and will be provided as applications are received and evaluated. 

Resources and FAQs

Contact Information
Karin Winters, CA Onward Program Director
E-mail:  [email protected]
Phone: 916-497-0272 x2
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