Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker announced $44 million for a variety of city programs designed to help the state bounce back from the effects of the pandemic.
One of the programs is a $40 million workforce recovery grant that will help businesses fill jobs, while also finding work for unemployed residents, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. The state will invest the remaining $4.4 million in 20 organizations as a part of its youth career pathways program.
“We’re encouraging qualified organizations across the state to apply for funding,” Pritzker said. “Especially in industries experiencing shortages, like the hospitality industry, like manufacturing, or other high growth industries like tech and transportation, or the construction trades.”
The workforce recovery grant’s $40 million will come from money the state received through the federal American Rescue Plan Act.
The $4.4 million youth career pathways program will be distributed as follows:
$325,000 for Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois
$300,000 for Homework Hangout in Decatur
$300,000 for OIA in Chicago and Park Forest
$299,959 for YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
$285,000 for Brighton Park Neighborhood Council
$260,000 for Phalanx Family Services in Chicago
$250,000 for Greater West Town Community Development Project
$250,000 for Workforce Investment Solutions in Decatur
$250,000 for Teens Against Killing Everywhere
$250,000 for Youth Job Center in Evanston
$205,000 for Reset to Success Foundation in Belleville
$202,648 for Peoria Public Schools
$200,000 for CAPS in Chicago, Lisle and Chicago Heights
$200,000 for Quad County Urban League in Aurora
$200,000 for UCAN in Chicago and Riverdale
$180,000 for Illinois Foundation of Skills in Mokena
$170,000 for BUILD Inc. in Chicago
$150,000 for New Moms in Chicago
$105,000 for Hope Center Foundation in Chicago
$98,718 for Southeastern Illinois College
BUILD Inc., which has two Chicago locations, said the $170,000 grant will allow the nonprofit to create stronger workforce development and job training programs.
The governor also announced that two South Side businesses will receive Rebuild Illinois capital grants that aim to support regional economic development programs. Additionally, the nearby Naperville Heritage Society received $1.25 million from the Rebuild Illinois grant to increase public access.
[CST] — Victoria Pruitt