Current Members and Hosts

Welcome class of 2020-21! Increasing community and individual stewardship is a critical component of efforts to restore local streams, rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay.  Corps Members, your service this coming year, and Host Organizations, your participation in the program, will help individuals,  communities, organizations, and governments become better stewards of our energy and natural resources.  Corps Members, you are placed in various types of organizations all across the Chesapeake Bay watershed.  At these organizations, you will be involved in a variety of activities, including:

  1. Promoting, preserving, protecting, and sustaining local streams, rivers, the Bay, and Maryland’s other natural resources;
  2. Working with communities and schools to promote energy conservation and mitigate and prevent threats to the environment;
  3. Pursuing leadership opportunities that will advance your ability to enter environmental and conservation careers;
  4. Obtaining training for careers that will be part of the emerging green economy; and
  5. Educating and training communities and individuals about the long-term actions needed to promote, preserve, protect, and sustain the environment.

Learn from each other! While you will be working in organizations across the Chesapeake Bay watershed, often on disparate issues of energy conservation, environmental restoration, environmental education, and more, you are all part of a cohesive Corps working together towards a common goal.  Keep in touch with each other throughout the year and build your team!

Here are Placement Bios to learn more about who is in your cohort, where they are located, and what they will be working on this year.

Corps Members are invited to submit one grant proposal each in this program, designed specifically for current Chesapeake Conservation Corps Members.

Background: Corps Members, with the Host Organization mentors, should begin to think about what they’d like to propose in the Mini Grant applications after their work plans are completed. Both Members and Mentors are more than welcome to discuss project ideas with Trust staff.

What does this program fund? These grants can be used to fund a wide range of activities, and are meant to: support the Capstone Project or other project in the work plan that is managed by the Corps Member, and provide the Corps Member with grant-writing experience.

Who can apply? Current Corps Members may apply to the program. Note: Please work with your mentor to determine what organization you should work with to apply, or reach out to Joe Toolan (jtoolan@cbtrust.org) if you need assistance.

Final Reporting: The final report must be submitted prior to the completion of service in August 2021. To access the final report form click here.

How much can be awarded? Requests up to $1,250

Timeline: Proposals will be reviewed by at least two Trust staff and decisions released 8 weeks after proposal submission.

Grant Application Process: The Chesapeake Bay Trust’s grant applications are all submitted through our online system linked to the right.

Example Projects

Neighborhood Design Center
Accokeek Foundation
National Aquarium

Program Status: Closed

To view the previous version the RFP, click here.

Deadline: The most recent deadline was Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 4pm EST

Manage an Existing Grant

Manage an Existing Grant or Continue an Application

Manage Grant

Questions and Technical Support

Joe Toolan
Outreach and Education
Program Coordinator
jtoolan@cbtrust.org
(410) 974-2941 x 116

Three of the mandatory training events this year will be proposed by YOU, the Corps Members!

You will be holding four dates on your calendars for these mandatory events (You will be required to attend three of the events).

Background: All Corps Members are welcome to submit a one-day project idea that can be accomplished on at least one of four dates in which all Corps Members will be required to participate.

What does this contest fund? The major goals of the project should be: 1) to accomplish on-the-ground restoration, education, energy conservation, agricultural practices, forestry practices, and/or infrastructure work, 2) to educate your fellow Corps Members on the practices/issues you are addressing, and to engage the entire class of Corps Members in meaningful service.

Who can apply? Current Corps Members may apply to the contest on behalf of their host organization.

Narrative Form: To access the narrative form click here.

How much can be awarded? Requests up to $1,500

Timeline: Proposals will be reviewed by a combination of Trust staff and objective Corps community members. Decisions will be released by March 12, 2021.

Event Days: 2021 – April 30 1, May 21, June 18, July 16.

Application Process: The Chesapeake Bay Trust’s applications are all submitted through our online system linked to the right.

Contest Status: Closed

To view the previous version of the contest information, click here.

Deadline: The most recent deadline was Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 4pm EST

Manage an Existing Application

Continue an Application

Manage Application

Questions and Technical Support

Joe Toolan
Outreach and Education
Program Coordinator
jtoolan@cbtrust.org
(410) 974-2941 x 116

All Corps Members and Mentors must submit quarterly reports to the Chesapeake Bay Trust due December 1, 2020, March 1, 2021, and June 1, 2021 and a cumulative final report covering the full service term due August 13, 2021.

Work Plan Template: Submitted in October or November after approval from the Trust per the Work Plan Meeting. The form includes major project goals, tasks and priority levels for the entire year.

Work Plan Revision Form: Submitted if there is any significant change to the finalized work plan. Corps Members & Mentors must submit the form along with an updated version of the Work Plan.

Mentor Transition Form: Submitted when there is a need for the official Corps Mentor to change from one person to another. The form includes information such as the need for the change and any impact to the Corps Member or Work Plan.

Report of Injury Form: Submitted if a Corps Member is injured while working for their Host Organization.

Performance Issue Resolution Process: Given the quality of Host Sites and Corps Members, and thoroughness of the match process, we anticipate no performance issues during the Chesapeake Conservation Corps year. However, the following process should be followed should an issue arise.

Withdrawal Form: Submitted if a Corps Member elects to withdraw from the program early for any reason, they must to inform their Mentor and then the Trust at least 2 weeks before submitting the Withdrawal Form.  The form includes information such as the intended date of departure and the reasons for withdrawing for the program.

To help keep in touch please post on and tag us on the Chesapeake Conservation Corps Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts!

Facebook: Facebook.com/ChesapeakeConservationCorps
Twitter: @ChesConsCorps
Instagram: @chesconscorps

Contact
Tara Drennan
Senior Program Officer
tdrennan@cbtrust.org
(410) 974-2941 x102

Contact (Mini Grants, All Hands, Alumni)
Joe Toolan
Outreach and Education Program Coordinator
jtoolan@cbtrust.org
(410) 974-2941 x 116