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The Corps Network Awards $250,000 Through COVID-19 Corps Relief Fund, Supported by The JPB Foundation

Funds will assist 30 Corps across the country in continuing to safely engage Corps participants in meaningful service and learning during COVID-19 pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC [June 2, 2020] – The Corps Network, the national association of Service and Conservation Corps, has awarded $250,000 through the COVID-19 Corps Relief Fund, made possible with support from The JPB Foundation. Across the country, 30 Service and Conservation Corps received grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 to help cover costs associated with ensuring the continued engagement and safety of Corpsmembers as the coronavirus continues to circulate.

Corps may use funds to meet various unforeseen expenditures, including increased transportation expenses caused by implementing social distancing practices, providing additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to decrease the spread of infection, equipment and supplies needed for remote training, and other expenses related to support Corpsmembers, staff, and communities safely during this time.

Specific examples of how Corps intend to use funds include purchasing Wi-Fi hotspots and tablets to assist Corpsmembers learning from home, purchasing extra tools to prevent cross-contamination among Corpsmembers, and renting additional vehicles to promote social distancing.

“Throughout this crisis, we admire the commitment of our member organizations to prioritize the health, safety, and wellbeing of their Corpsmembers, staff, and local community,” said Mary Ellen Sprenkel, President and CEO of The Corps Network. “We deeply appreciate the support of The JPB Foundation in helping Corps develop ways to safely meet commitments to partners and continue providing meaningful service, educational, and training opportunities to young people. We know Corps and other service programs can play an important role in helping America recover; we hope this fund will assist in their efforts.”

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Corps have been confronted with challenging decisions about how and if they should operate during the pandemic. Many Corps across the country were forced to stop operations, delay start dates, and/or transitioned to virtual service and learning. Several Corps continued operations by engaging Corpsmembers in COVID-19 relief efforts (e.g. assisting food banks and delivering necessities to the homebound) or other projects deemed essential (e.g. removing fire fuels or keeping storm channels clear). Now, as the summer project season gets underway, many Corps are implementing plans to safely welcome new Corpsmembers.

More information about how Corps have responded and adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic can be found here on The Corps Network’s website.

The application period for the COVID-19 Corps Relief Fund ran from May 7 until May 26. Corps must use their grant awards by September 30 of this year.

In 2018, The Corps Network received a three-year grant from The JPB Foundation to expand The Corps Network’s training and technical assistance capacity, which will, in turn, promote growth, sustainability, and improvement across the Corps movement. The goals of this grant are to serve new communities with Corps programming, increase the number of Corpsmember positions nationwide, improve Corpsmember post-Corps placement rates, and increase the number of accredited Corps.


About The Corps Network

The Corps Network, the national association of Service and Conservation Corps, provides leadership and support to over 130 Corps across the United States. Through advocacy, and providing Corps access to funding opportunities and expert guidance, The Corps Network annually enables more than 22,000 Corpsmembers to strengthen communities, improve the environment and transform their lives through service. Learn more about The Corps Network at www.corpsnetwork.org.

About The JPB Foundation
The JPB Foundation is a private foundation based in New York City. The JPB Foundation’s mission is to advance opportunity in the United States through transformational initiatives that empower those living in poverty, enrich and sustain our environment, and enable pioneering medical research.