The City of Peoria was recently chosen to receive federal funding from the Illinois AmeriCorps Program to the city's program called Peoria Corps.
Peoria Corps came into existence thanks to the collaboration of Peoria's Innovation Team and the Public Works department.
Though the program and grants are still awaiting council approval, the program should be ready for presentation at the next city council meeting.
Using a proposed infrastructure solution for the combined sewer overflow as a springboard, Peoria Corps has identified two major areas of need for the city: maintenance of green infrastructure installations, and hands-on job training for individuals from age 18 to 24.
Grant applications have been submitted for program fundraising, and the city has been given $138,295 through the larger AmeriCorps system. Additionally, $58,150 will be granted in educational awards for individuals who graduate from the program and have plans to continue their education.