The Chesapeake Bay Trust (Trust) is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit grant-making organization dedicated to improving the watersheds of the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland Coastal Bays, and Youghiogheny River. Created in 1985 by the Maryland General Assembly, the organization’s goal is to engage and empower diverse groups to take actions that enrich the natural resources and local communities of the Chesapeake Bay region.

With the most aggressive greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction goals in the nation, the State of Maryland will rely on an influx of early-career individuals trained and ready to step into mid- and senior-level climate focused jobs. To meet the increased need for these individuals, the Trust is working to develop a Climate Fellowship Program that would facilitate Fellows gaining the appropriate knowledge, certifications, and experience to apply and be selected for mid- to senior-level climate-related permanent employment. If operationalized, the Climate Fellowship program will enhance the growing pathways in the State of Maryland related to green workforce development, building off the success of the Chesapeake Conservation and Climate Corps program that the Trust has administered since 2010 and currently is in its 14th year.

To explore the feasibility of the Climate Fellowship Program, the Trust was awarded an AmeriCorps Planning Grant by the Maryland Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism (GOSV). The planning grant allows the Trust to explore and develop the Fellowship Program, develop robust evaluation methods, and explore how this Fellowship program fits into the existing workforce development programs in the State.

To support the planning award, and through this RFP, the Trust seeks a qualified contractor to support coordination and implementation of the AmeriCorps Planning Award and related planning work. Learn more at the Chesapeake Bay Trust website:


To view the full Request for Proposals (RFP), click here.

Proposals must be submitted no later than 4pm on Wednesday, January 24th, 2024.

Proposals must be submitted through the Trust’s online application system at: