Grants are available to promote climate-friendly assistance programs throughout Northern Illinois.
Community Investment Corporation (CIC) As one of the region’s leading lenders of affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization, CIC’s mission is to be a primary force in revitalizing neighborhoods and affordable housing by serving as a one-stop resource for local owner-operators and property managers of affordable rental housing. With its $450,000 grant, CIC plans to work with local owner-operators of multi-family buildings in Chicago’s South and West sides to provide education, increase capacity, and support climate resiliency measures, all of which will improve housing units for low- and moderate-income tenants living in these buildings.
This Chicago-based racial equity movement works to operationalize racial equity by harnessing their collective power through research, advocacy, programs, Community Mobility Rituals, and social enterprises, to improve the lives of Black, Brown, and Indigenous people across the U.S. With its grant, Equiticity will create a Mobility Opportunities Fund, which will provide stipends that help limited-income Black and Brown residents of North Lawndale, on Chicago’s West Side, purchase climate-friendly transportation, including conventional bicycles, e-bikes, e-cargo bikes and electric vehicles. Equiticity will also offer education programs to recipients of the stipends, as well as low- to no-cost repair services for bikes and e-bikes. Repair services will be performed by young people who are part of Equiticity’s training programs.
Proviso Leyden Council for Community Action, serving Maywood, trains and certifies solar workers. PLCCA will receive a $450,000 grant to guide five non-profits through a solar installation process with assistance by a minority-owned vendor. Community members will be hired and trained as solar workers to do the installation work, and solar ambassadors will educate the community about solar.
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