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Chesapeake Conservation Corps Host Organization

Grants to Maryland Nonprofits, Agencies, Schools, and
IHEs for Environmental Training Programs for Young Adults

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Chesapeake Bay Trust

Deadline Date:

01/09/20 4:00 PM


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Grants to Maryland nonprofits, government agencies, schools, IHEs, and community groups to host environmental training programs for young adults. Funding is intended to support one-year environmental, leadership, and technical training opportunities for youth between the ages of 18 and 25 years old. The program allows young adults to gain professional experience in the environmental field and develop valuable career skills, and to advance the influx of new leaders working on Chesapeake Bay issues.

The purpose of the Corps Program is two-fold: The first is to enable stipend Corps Members to work with Host Organizations and communities to implement a wide variety of environmental projects and programs including those in the fields of restoration, environmental education, forestry, sustainable agriculture, energy conservation, and community engagement. The second is to provide leadership and training opportunities for young adults who may pursue environmental and conservation careers.

The specific objectives of the Corps are to:

  1. Promote, preserve, protect, and sustain local streams, rivers, the Chesapeake Bay, and the region's other natural resources;
  2. Provide young adults with opportunities to become better professionals, leaders, and citizens through meaningful service to local communities and the Chesapeake Bay region;
  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 Member, including in the fields of environmental restoration, energy conservation, sustainable agriculture, forestry, community engagement, and/or K-12 environmental education. The activities must meet an identifiable public need, with specific emphasis on projects and programs that result in long-term preservation, protection, and conservation of the environment. 

For examples of eligible activities, see:

For information about Host Organization Responsibilities, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 132449

Number of Grants:

The Chesapeake Bay Trust anticipates placing 35-40 Corps Members.

Estimated Size of Grant:

$19,000 to support a full-time year of service.

Term of Contract:

Full-time, over 12 months: August 18, 2020 - August 17, 2021

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Host Organizations must:
- Be a nonprofit or government agency in Maryland or a partner of the U.S. National Park Service in the Chesapeake Bay region.
- Have office space and provide a desk or office space, access to a phone and computer with internet access, parking or reimbursement for parking onsite, and mileage reimbursement for program-related travel, including travel to program training and required site visits.
- Cover the Corps Member under the organization’s general liability insurance for an aggregate amount of at least $500,000 and list the Chesapeake Bay Trust as an “Additional Insured.” State and federal agencies who are self-insured by law must provide confirmation that Corps Members will be covered.
- Host Organizations who have been matched with a Corps Member for the past two consecutive program years (Program Years 2017-18 and 2018-19) must provide 10% of the Corps Member stipend ($1,900).

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

Qualifications for Corps Members:
- Corps Members will be age 18 to 25 at the start of the program.
- Each Corps Member will work approximately full-time (40 hrs a week) at a Host Organization for a period of one year.
- Corps Members will participate in at least one conference, six trainings, and three project days within the service year.
- Corps Members must complete a capstone project by the end of their service year.
- Corps Members must complete at least four site visits at fellow Corps Member’s host sites.

Corps Members may not:
- Participate in any partisan political activity while engaged in the performance of duties as stipend volunteers.
- Participate in any regulatory or statutory enforcement activities while engaged in the performance of duties as a member of the Corps Program.
- Undertake a project if the project would replace regular workers or duplicate or replace an existing service in the same locality.

Pre-Application Information:

The Host Organization deadline is 4pm on Thursday, January 9, 2020.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit at least a few days prior to the deadline given the potential for high website traffic on the due date.

By submitting an application, Host Organizations are committing to participate in the matching process and agree to accept a Corps Member if a mutual match is made.

Host Organizations outside the state of Maryland should contact Tara Drennan to discuss an application prior to submission.

- Nov 2019-Jan 8, 2020 Host Organization applications solicited
- Jan 9, 2020 Host Organization application deadline
- Dec 2019-Mar 11, 2020 Corps Member applications solicited. Eligible Host Organization applicants will be posted at for potential Corps Member applicants to view.
- Mar 12, 2020: Corps Member application deadline
- Mar 16-Apr 3, 2020: First round review of Corps Member applicants
- Apr 8-May 18, 2020: Applications of Corps Member Finalists made available to potential Host Organizations to view.
- TBD April 2020 Corps Job Fair: Opportunity for potential Hosts and Corps Members Finalists to interact. (Optional but strongly encouraged)
- May 18, 2020: All Host Organization applicants required to submit their list of Corps Member applicant placement choices and all Corps Member applicants required to submit their ranking of Host organization applicant placement choices.
- May 26, 2020 Placement offers to Corps Members begin. Host Organizations will be expected to agree to host any potential Corps Member identified in their match lists.
- Mid-June, 2020 Placement offers complete.
- August 18, 2020: Service terms begin. All Host mentors and all Corps Members will be required to attend an orientation event on August 18, 2020.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

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

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