Capacity Building Programs for Land Trusts

CCLT is pleased to announce funding to build and sustain the capacity of California land trusts and their partners to help implement California’s Pathways to 30x30 (30x30) and the Natural and Working Lands Climate Smart Strategy (NWLCSS). We are grateful for the funding we have received through the following programs:


Capacity Building and Grant Program:

Building a pipeline of climate-smart projects, helping land trusts leverage funding and increase shovel-ready projects. Project Advancement Grants >>

Each program includes capacity building for land trusts in the form of direct block grants, as well as technical training and assistance, with a focus on building equity and partnerships with Native Tribes, Native organizations, and disadvantaged or underserved communities.

The first rounds of block grant funding for land trusts and their partners will be launched this summer. In these initial rounds, CCLT will award approximately $2 million in five grant categories:

  1. Organizational Capacity Building
  2. Partnership Capacity Building
  3. Strategic Planning to support NWLCSS and 30x30
  4. Demonstration Projects
  5. Project Development and Implementation

Eligible organizations for the Capacity Building Grant Program include:

  • Conservation land trusts located in and serving California that are tax-exempt organizations under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. 
  • Native Tribes, Native-led organizations, or organizations representing underserved or disadvantaged communities that apply in partnership with a 501(c)(3) land trust. 

Technical training and assistance programs will be ongoing and will be announced this fall.

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