Request for Proposals: Gulf Conservation Corps Restoration Program - Veteran's Conservation Corps

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Applications due by 8:00 p.m. (ET), 9/16/16

The Corps Network requests proposals from qualified non-profit organizations to recruit and train veterans on forest conservation projects through the creation of a Veteran’s Conservation Corps based in the Gulf Coast states. 

The Gulf Conservation Corps Restoration Program (GCCRP), a partnership between The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the Corps Network (TCN), works to create the infrastructure to train and mobilize Conservation Corps crews to address problems in the Gulf ecosystem. The goals of the GCCRP are to improve the long-term health of coastal habitats for native plants and animals; build the capacity of Conservation Corps along the Gulf so they can play a significant role in restoration efforts; and train young people (ages 18-26) and Veterans (up to age 30) to participate in the expanding Gulf restoration economy. 

The Veteran’s Conservation Corps will provide a “proof of concept” demonstration for key partners in the Gulf Region. Funding will support start-up and operation of a mobile crew. The crew will focus on Longleaf Pine restoration and controlled burn projects that could range across the entire Gulf.

A high priority outcome of the proof of concept project is to develop a program model match veterans’ skills and experiences with career pathways in the Gulf’s new restoration economy. 

Who Should Apply?
Applicants should be non-profit organizations located or currently working in the Five State Gulf Region with previous experience working in the field of environmental conservation. The qualified organization will also have experience in wildland fire and prescribed burn activities, including recruitment, training, and supervision of fire crews. Additionally, special attention will be given to applicants experienced in working with veterans.Preference will be given to organizations that are members of The Corps Network, but all eligible and qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

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