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2013-14 Chesapeake Conservation Corps Program

Grants to Maryland Non-Profits & Other Entities
for Youth Environmental Training Program

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Chesapeake Bay Trust

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Grants to Maryland non-profit organizations, governments, elementary/middle/high schools, and institutions of higher education that are interested in hosting the Fund's environmental training program for young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 years old. These grants are intended to support entities that provide hands-on environmental, leadership, and technical training opportunities to young adults for a one-year term of service.

The goal of the Corps Program is two-fold: the first is for stipend volunteers to work with Host Organizations and communities throughout Maryland to implement on-the-ground restoration and energy conservation projects. The second is to provide leadership and training opportunities for young adults pursuing environmental and conservation careers.

The specific objectives of the Corps are to:
1) Promote, preserve, protect, and sustain local streams, rivers, the Bay, and Maryland’s other natural resources;
2) Provide young adults with opportunities to become better citizens, students, and workers through meaningful service to their communities and the State;
3) Mobilize, educate, and train young adults to work with communities and schools to promote energy conservation and mitigate and prevent threats to the environment;
4) Provide opportunities for young adults, especially disadvantaged young adults, to be trained for careers that will be part of the emerging green economy; and
5) Educate and train communities and individuals about the long-term actions needed to promote, preserve, protect, and sustain the environment.

Host Organizations may suggest a wide range of activities to be undertaken by the Corps Volunteer, including in the fields of environmental restoration, energy conservation, sustainable agriculture and forestry, and/or K-12 environmental education. The activities must meet an identifiable public need, with specific emphasis on projects that result in long-term preservation, protection, and conservation of the environment. Projects may include a community volunteer engagement element; however, the Corps Volunteer’s project should not focus primarily on developing a volunteer program. Once placed, each Corps Volunteer will work with his or her Host Organization and the Trust to structure a work program for the 12-month service period.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 132449

Term of Contract:

12 months

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Host Organizations include:
- Non-profit organizations
- Elementary, middle, and high schools
- Community associations
- Service, youth, or civic groups
- Institutions of higher education
- Local governments (county or municipality)
- Units of state government

Organizations are permitted to submit more than one application for more than one position. However, due to high Host Organization demand, it is unlikely that any one organization will be awarded more than one Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteer. Therefore, organizations with more than one individual mentor interested in participating are strongly encouraged to coordinate internally prior to submission. Volunteer positions that combine more than one program element are permitted.

Pre-Application Information:

Please Note: New Host Organization applicants, as well as Host Organizations that have not been matched with Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteers for the past two consecutive program years (Program Year 2011-12 and Program Year 2012-13) will not be required to provide cash match for the stipend. To ensure the vitality and continuous growth of the Program and to demonstrate the utility of the Program as a vehicle for increasing the capacity of its Host Organizations, Host Organizations that have been matched with a Volunteer for the past two consecutive program years (Program Year 2011-12 and Program Year 2012-13) will be required to provide 10% of the Volunteer stipend ($1,550).

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Tara Baker
Phone: 410-974-2941, ext. 102

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland