Community Foundation Announces Funding to Support Workforce Development


The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore is delighted to announce the Workforce Development Grant Program. The application deadline is October 1st each year and the maximum grant amount will be $7,500. Eligible 501c3 nonprofit organizations and public schools on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland (specifically Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester County) must submit a Workforce Development Grant Application.

The Community Foundation’s Workforce Development Grant program will support scholarship opportunities for formal work readiness, education training or advancement, and professional development programs. Special emphasis will be placed on programs serving people with disabilities, high school juniors and seniors, non-traditional students, nonprofit professionals, and skilled professionals in fields that serve vulnerable populations in our community.

Funding is made possible by a bequest from Dr. Gladys Allen who was passionate in her support of scholarships to make education and training accessible.

Priority will be placed on the following types of services:

  • Work experiences that have components of occupational education. These may include summer work experiences or pre-apprenticeship programs, internships, or job shadowing.

  • Occupational skills training, especially those certified with recognized industry credentials.

  • Education offered concurrently with other workforce activities and training for a specific occupation.

  • Leadership development, mentoring, or supportive services that provide assistance towards transitional employment, or further occupational education.

Copies of grant guidelines and application forms are available by visiting www.cfes.org or by calling 410-742-9911.

About the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore: Celebrating over 30 years of philanthropy, the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore (CFES) has been serving the needs of Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset Counties granting more than $50 million. Through the generosity and vision of our donors, CFES awarded grants totaling more than $5.0 million in fiscal year 2015. CFES brings together donors and builds on community assets through scholarship grants, advocacy, and leadership development. By focusing on people, organizations, neighborhoods, and nonprofit capacity building, the Foundation addresses community needs in the areas of health, education, arts and culture, community development, and the environment. The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore serves Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties. Please visit www.cfes.org for more information or call 410-742-9911.


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