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  2. Community Services
  3. Urban Assistance

Employment Opportunities Grant Program

The goal of the Employment Opportunities Grant Program (EOGP) is to expand the number of individuals in historically underrepresented populations who enter and complete building trades apprenticeship programs and/or obtain employment in the building trades industry.  These are careers that are physically and mentally demanding, but which offer wages and benefits on which a family can be supported.
The EOGP offers educational institutions and community based organizations an opportunity to help fill the demand for a skilled workforce by preparing participants for placement in high wage union construction jobs and access to public as well as private construction jobs throughout the State.
The Employment Opportunities Grant Program creates a stronger pipeline of trained workers who have the skill set to obtain and keep jobs in the construction trades. By opening these doors, we are increasing the diversity within this industry and preparing more people for careers in this vital field, which will help keep our workforce strong and competitive and provide better opportunities for our working families.
Program participants will be members of one or more historically underrepresented populations, which can include minorities, women, youth, including new high school graduates, and hard to serve populations (youth aging out of foster care, ex-offenders, homeless, former substance abusers, and long-term unemployed). The funded programs will not only help cultivate workplace and technical skills, but will also build career awareness and exploration, and provide mentoring, so that this sector of the workforce will be more diverse.

FY 14 Announcements 

For additional information, please contact:
Tiffany T. Hawkins, Program Manager
Phone: 312/793-9702