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Illinois Returning Residents Clean Jobs Program (CEJA) (Notice of Funding Opportunity 3361-2715)

Awarding Agency Name Commerce And Econ Opp
Agency Contact John Barr (
Announcement Type Initial
Type of Assistance Instrument Grant
Funding Opportunity Number FY24-1
Funding Opportunity Title Illinois Returning Residents Clean Jobs Program (CEJA)
CSFA Number 420-30-3361
CSFA Popular Name CEJA Returning Residents Program
Anticipated Number of Awards 4
Estimated Total Program Funding $6,000,000
Award Range $1,000,000 - $2,000,000
Source of Funding State
Cost Sharing or Matching
Indirect Costs Allowed Yes
Restrictions on Indirect Costs No
Posted Date 02/20/2024
Application Date Range General announcement open for a period of time with no specific due dates for applications.
Technical Assistance Session Offered : Yes
Mandatory : No
Date : 03/01/2024 : 1:00PM
Registration link :


Round 1 Application Deadline: April 15, 2024

For your application to be considered, your entity must be pre-qualified. For resources on pre-qualification and other grant topics, please visit

Application Documents – Please read the NOFO Supplement and complete the requirements


Additional Information Session

  • Returning Resident Clean Jobs Training Program Information Session:
    March 1, 2024. Recording | Slides
  • Writing an Effective Proposal: March 8, 2024, at 1-2 pm. Recording

Networking Events
Register for a virtual networking event to build partnerships to apply for funding for the Returning Residents Clean Jobs Training Program. Attend a statewide networking event on March 13 or targeted networking events March 14-21, focused on the Illinois Department of Corrections facilities where the training will be offered. At these events, DCEO will answer questions about the program and facilitate networking among interested applicants to help build grant teams. 

Date DOC Site Time Registration Link
3/13/24 Statewide 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Recording
3/14/24 Vienna 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Recording
3/15/24 Kewanee 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Recording
3/20/24 Decatur 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Recording
3/21/24 Mount Sterling 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Recording

Questions and Answers
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NOFO Technical Assistance Office Hours
Applicants are invited to sign up for Technical Assistance Office Hours (via Zoom) to receive one-on-one assistance from a CEJA Program Coach to prepare their proposals. These office hours provide an opportunity to ask questions and get feedback on proposal drafts and ideas. Sign up here.