Foundation Awards $60,000 for Workforce Development


The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore has awarded $60,000 in Workforce Development Grants to provide work readiness training and professional development for a wide variety of citizens through programs conducted by local nonprofit organizations.

This is the second year the Foundation has awarded grants for workforce development for nonprofits in Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties. This year’s program nearly doubled the total grants awarded over the first year for the program in 2016. The maximum grant request per application was $7,500 with collaborative programs eligible for awards up to $10,000.

The Community Foundation’s workforce development program supports scholarship opportunities for formal work readiness, education training or advancement, and professional development programs. Special emphasis is 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 region.

For 2017 the following nine programs within the tri-county area of Maryland’s Eastern Shore received workforce development grants:

  • The City of Salisbury was awarded $8,500 to support the 2017 summer youth employment program.

  • Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc. was awarded $6,500 to support a pilot life purpose navigation series.

  • It Takes a Village to Help Our Children, Inc. was awarded $7,434 to support childcare certifications for professional staff.

  • Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore, Inc. was awarded $7,000 to support youth career success and job shadow programs.

  • Lower Shore Enterprises, Inc. was awarded $7,500 to support the employment discovery and customization program.

  • Lower Shore Workforce Alliance was awarded $2,754 to support the Get Prep'd work readiness program.

  • Pocomoke High School was awarded $7,500 to support the Pocomoke 100 college/career project.

  • Somerset Community Services, Inc. was awarded $7,500 to support the creation of a pilot Community Workforce Training Center in Crisfield, Maryland.

  • Telamon Corporation was awarded $5,312 to support the social enterprise, Food and Service Training Program (FAST) One Stop Cafe.

About the Community Foundation: As leaders, grant makers, and stewards of philanthropy, The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore serves the common good of the Lower Eastern Shore. We are a 501c3 nonprofit with an inspiring history of fostering charitable endeavors, and have provided more than $60 million in grants and scholarships to the local community since 1984. We collaborate with individuals, families, and businesses to match their charitable interests with community needs and strengthen local nonprofits through grants and resources. We are devoted to improving our regional community and believe in people helping one another to provide positive impact. Visit CFES.org or call 410-742-9911.


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