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Article - Education




§24–1108.

    (a)    The Governor shall include in the annual budget bill an appropriation to the Fund of:

        (1)    $5,000,000 for fiscal year 2024;

        (2)    $10,000,000 for fiscal year 2025;

        (3)    $15,000,000 for fiscal year 2026; and

        (4)    $20,000,000 for fiscal year 2027 and each fiscal year thereafter.

    (b)    It is the intent of the General Assembly that:

        (1)    Appropriations made under subsection (a) of this section are in addition to any federal funding received for State service or volunteer programming; and

        (2)    Any federal funding received by the State for service or volunteer programming shall be deposited into the Fund for use by the Program.

    (c)    Appropriations made under subsection (a) of this section and other funding received by the Board shall be used to:

        (1)    Provide stipends to corps participants;

        (2)    Provide scholarships to corps participants who have completed the Program to be used at institutions of higher education in the State toward vocational certificates, associate’s degrees, and bachelor’s degrees;

        (3)    Cover expenses incurred by the Board, including expenses incurred in marketing and recruitment; and

        (4)    Cover programmatic expenses to expand service opportunities throughout the State, including:

            (i)    In partnership with regional operating partners, creating and maintaining an online platform through which individuals and corps participants can search and apply for service opportunities throughout the State;

            (ii)    Expanding the Chesapeake Conservation Corps Program, as provided under §§ 8–1913 through 8–1924 of the Natural Resources Article;

            (iii)    Creating a Maryland Civilian Climate Corps to conserve and restore State and local parks and engage in other climate or environmental projects;

            (iv)    Creating a Maryland Historic Trades Corps to place young adults and young veterans in regionally based work crews tasked with rehabilitation of State historic resources;

            (v)    Expanding the Maryland Conservation Corps to engage in projects that manage natural resources and conserve parks; and

            (vi)    Providing staff for the Program.

    (d)    Marketing and recruitment conducted by the Program under subsection (c)(3) of this section shall prioritize:

        (1)    Historically black colleges and universities, as defined in § 3–207 of the State Finance and Procurement Article;

        (2)    Community colleges;

        (3)    High schools with low rates of matriculation to 2– and 4–year institutions of higher education;

        (4)    Trade schools; and

        (5)    Youth who are disconnected from school or work.



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