Community Foundation Announces Work Readiness Grants

The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore (CFES) announces the final deadline for applications for the 2016 Workforce Development Grants Program.

The application deadline is October 1st with a maximum grant amount of $7,500. Eligible organizations on Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore in Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester County may submit a Workforce Development Grant Application to CFES. Eligible collaborative projects may apply for additional funds.

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 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 for grant applications 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.

The grant guidelines and application forms are available by visiting or by calling 410-742-9911.

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