We are accepting submissions for the 2024 Parks California Career Pathways Grants Program from December 1, 2023 to February 29, 2024. Click here to apply!
ABOUT CAREER PATHWAYS GRANTS
Parks California’s Career Pathways Grant Program aims to expand career pathways to California State Parks jobs for underrepresented communities. This program supports workforce development partnerships between state parks and local organizations that meaningfully address key access barriers and prepare participants for park careers. The program aims to not only prepare the next generation workforce with necessary skills but also expand awareness about the diversity of careers in parks and public lands, connect participants to mentors and professional networks to support them in their career journey, and helps participants navigate state hiring processes.
This program is made possible through a public private partnership, supported by private fundraising by Parks California, and the California Department of Parks and Recreation’s Waterway Connections Initiative. The Career Pathways Grant Program is aligned with the goals of California Natural Resources Agency’s Outdoors for All program. Through this partnership, Parks California is expanding the Career Pathways grants program with increased opportunities for water-related outdoor access and experiences.
The goals for this grant program are to:
If applying for the Planning and Development grants, the proposal must demonstrate how the funding will be used to create a Project Plan that addresses the Eligibility Criteria and multiple preference criteria listed above.
Parks California held an informational webinar on December 12, 2023 to discuss Career Pathways Grants goals and address common questions regarding the application process. Click here to watch the recording.
We’ve also created an FAQ to answer common questions.
Applicants are encouraged to attend the webinar or watch the recording, and thoroughly review the FAQ’s prior to submitting a proposal.
Parks California staff will be available to answer questions, support proposal development, and offer technical application support to all interested applicants. Staff will be available during community office hours on:
To register for Community Office hours, click here. These office hours are open to everyone, allowing you to join at your convenience.
Staff will also be available to meet with organizations for one-on-one 15-minute calls on:
To schedule a 15-minute meeting during “Individual office hours”, click here.
After reviewing all the materials, if you have additional questions contact Alfonso Orozco at firstname.lastname@example.org.