FEJA Multi-Cultural Jobs Program NOFO 2022
Governor Pritzker has placed a high priority on stimulating job growth in the clean energy economy by making investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy. The Multi-Cultural Jobs Program authorized by the Future Energy Jobs Act under 220 ILCS 5/16-108.12(a)(3) supports this priority by providing access to career-related energy sector occupations for individuals living in disadvantaged communities or in those identified as environmental justice communities. An initial $4 million investment for the Multi-Cultural Jobs Program was approved by the Illinois Commerce Commission in 2017. As part of the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA) signed into law on September 15, 2021, this program was transferred to the Illinois Department of Commerce (DCEO) in 2022 [see Public Act 102-662]. With a continued $4 million investment, a funding opportunity is being released by DCEO to continue the creation and enhancement of economic, or career-related opportunities within the clean-energy sector through training and work readiness programs. Community-based diversity-focused organizations with demonstrated attention to equity and inclusion are eligible to apply. Learn more about this funding opportunity.