DECATUR, Ill. – To assist eligible localities throughout the state transition to clean energy, state Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, is encouraging eligible communities to apply for the Energy Transition Community (ETC) grant, a $40 million initiative funded under the Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA).
“One of my top priorities continues to be making sure that we provide resources and support for our coal communities,” said Scherer. “This funding makes another critical step to make sure that our coal communities are not left behind and able to fully participate in our rapidly changing world.
The ETC grant – funded by the CEJA and managed the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) – will provide eligible communities with awards of at least $50,000 to lessen the socioeconomic impacts of the transition to renewable and clean sources of energy. 22 eligible grant recipients have been identified, including Springfield. Communities may utilize the funds to develop comprehensive workforce, housing and business attraction strategies. To find out more about the program or to apply, please visit DCEO’s website at https://dceo.illinois.gov/aboutdceo/grantopportunities/3071-2449.html.
“This funding opportunity is one of the latest examples of smart state investments that will empower affected communities to confront the challenges of our changing world,” said Scherer. “I encourage all eligible entities to apply for this funding opportunity.”