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Chesapeake Conservation Corps Member

Opportunity for USA Young Adults to Gain
Work Experience in Environmental Stewardship

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Foundation / Corporation

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Chesapeake Bay Trust

Deadline Date:

03/04/21 4:00 PM EST


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Opportunity for USA young adults to gain work experience in the field of environmental stewardship. The program provides training, networking, and leadership opportunities. Funding is intended to support a wide range of programs and projects related to the environmental field. Corps Members will be placed with nonprofit organizations and government agencies throughout Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay.

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, climate change, 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. Provide young adults with meaningful experiences, trainings, and mentorship to become better  professionals and leaders for careers in the green workforce; 
  2. Promote, preserve, and protect the local streams, rivers, the Chesapeake Bay, and the region’s other  natural resources; 
  3. Expand the impact and reach of organizations advancing environmental issues;  
  4. Advance the diversity and influx of young talent to increase the accessibility to environmental careers and build the capacity of organizations working on Chesapeake Bay issues. 

For eligible corps member activities, see

Diversity Fellowship: There is a Diversity Fellowship opportunity to assist Corps Members with the financial challenge of a stipend year of service in the Corps. The goal of the Diversity Fellowship is to increase access to the Corps allowing more young individuals to make the choice to apply an easier one financially. This added stipend is intended to fund the needs of each selected recipient, such as housing, transportation, utilities, or other necessary expenses.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187717

Number of Grants:

The Chesapeake Bay Trust anticipates placing 35-40 Corps Members. The Diversity Fellowship provides additional funding to 4 Corps Members.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- The individual Corps Member will receive a stipend of $20,000 per year.
- The Diversity Fellowship provides an additional $5,000

Term of Contract:

Each Corps Member will work full-time (approximately 40 hours a week) at a Host Organization for a period of one year from August 2021 to August 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Corps Members will be age 18 to 25 at the start of the program.
- Corps Members are a citizen of the United States, a permanent resident alien, or have documentation confirming permission to work in the U.S. during the year-long term of service.

Diversity Fellowship - Funding partners and the Trust welcome applications from young adults who:
- Meet all eligibility requirements to be a participant in the Chesapeake Conservation Corps
- Submit a complete Diversity Fellowship application and a complete Chesapeake Conservation Corps application by the deadline
- Demonstrate financial need and identification with an underserved group.

For further eligibility information for the Diversity Fellowship, see

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:

- Deadline: Thursday, March 4, 2021, at 4:00 PM EST. 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.
- Mar 10‐Mar 31, 2021: Review Phase - Corps Member applications reviewed by Corps Alumni. Based on feedback from Corps Alumni a portion of Corps Member applicants will be invited as finalists to the Matching Phase.
- Apr 7‐May 19, 2021: Matching Phase: Applications of Corps Member Finalists made available to Host Organization applicants to view and applications of Host Organizations made available to Corps Member Finalists to view. During this time, Host Organization applicants will contact their top Corps Member applicants to potentially setup an interview and Corps Member applicants will contact their top Host Organization applicants to potentially setup an interview.
- Apr 20‐21, 2021: Corps Virtual Job Fair
- May 20, 2021 Placement Phase
- May 27, 2021 Placement offers to the top Corps Members and Host Organization matches begin.
- Mid‐June, 2021: Placement offers complete.
- Aug 17, 2021 Service terms begin. All Host Mentors and Corps Members will be required to attend an orientation event on August 17, 2021.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online - Corps Application:

Apply Online: Diversity Fellowship:

Tara Drennan, Senior Program Officer
(410) 974-2941 x102

The Chesapeake Bay Trust
108 Severn Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21403

Grant Coverage Areas:

Corps Members will be placed with nonprofit organizations and government agencies throughout Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay.

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