Application for Committee Membership – Community-Based Organizations (Stipend Eligible)

Income Qualified Committee 2022/2023 Member Application for Stipend Reimbursement

(CBOs/CAAs and Public Housing Authority Members Only)

The Income Qualified (IQ) Committee is pleased to offer member stipends and reimbursement for representatives of Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), which includes Community Action Agencies (CAAs) and Public Housing Authorities located in Illinois for participation in IQ Committee meetings and select joint Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG) meetings relating to low-income and public-housing energy efficiency programs. Stipends are being offered to encourage the CBO participation that will:

Directly inform the design, implementation and evaluation of the low-income and public-housing energy efficiency programs.

And to:

Emphasiz[e] opportunities to bundle and coordinate delivery of low-income energy efficiency with other programs that serve low-income communities, such as the Illinois Solar for All Program and bill payment assistance programs.

as set forth in the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act, 220 ILCS 5/8-103B(c), which establishes the IQ Committee.

For 2022 and 2023, IQ Committee meetings may be held via teleconference or in-person. Meetings will be scheduled in advance and will generally not last more than 2 hours at a time. To be eligible for a stipend, Committee Members must commit to attending at least 80% of the designated committee meetings and meet the other requirements set forth in this Application. Total required meeting time is not expected to exceed twenty (20) hours in 2022.

If you are interested in being considered for a IQ Committee member stipend, please complete this Application form. Applicants for the 2022/2023 time period are requested to submit their applications by Friday, November 4, 2022.

Contact Information

Provide your work contact information.
The definition of a Community-Based Organizations in the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA) is: "Community-based organizations" means an organization that: (1) provides employment, skill development, or related services to members of the community; (2) includes community colleges, nonprofits, and local governments; (3) has at least one main operating office in the community or region it serves; and (4) demonstrates relationships with local residents and other organizations serving the community. Please describe how your organization meets the definition of a community-based organization.
The language in CEJA that describes eligibility for the Committee is: "The committee shall be comprised of the electric utilities subject to the requirements of this Section, the gas utilities subject to the requirements of Section 8-104 of this Act, the utilities' low-income energy efficiency implementation contractors, nonprofit organizations, community action agencies, advocacy groups, State and local governmental agencies, public-housing organizations, and representatives of community-based organizations, especially those living in or working with environmental justice communities and BIPOC communities." Please describe how your organization meets the definition of who is eligible for the Committee. If you organization works in environmental justice and/or BIPOC organizations, please describe as well. NOTE: The phrase “public housing organizations” includes resident organizations associated with public housing.
The purpose of the Committee is to: "The committee shall directly and equitably influence and inform utility low-income and public-housing energy efficiency programs and priorities. Committee meetings shall emphasize opportunities to bundle and coordinate delivery of low-income energy efficiency with other programs that serve low-income communities, such as the Illinois Solar for All Program and bill payment assistance programs." Please describe your organization's prior experience with utility low-income and public-housing energy efficiency programs, other energy programs that serve low-income communities such as IL Solar for All and bill payment assistance programs.
Please describe your organizations’ non-energy programs that could be leveraged with utility low-income and public-housing energy efficiency programs, other energy programs that serve low-income communities such as IL Solar for All and bill payment assistance programs.
Street Address(Required)

Availability

Are you available and do you commit to attend and participate in at least 80% of the designated Income Qualified Committee and applicable SAG meetings in 2022?(Required)

Work Experience

Agreement and Signature

By submitting this application, I affirm that the facts set forth in it are true and complete. I affirm I am willing to attend and participate in 80% of the Income Qualified Committee and SAG meetings and/or presentations focused on Income Qualified Programs in 2022 and 2023.
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Member Eligibility

  • Applicants must be employed by a Community-Based Organization, which includes Community Action Agencies and Public Housing Authorities, to be eligible for a stipend. “Community-Based Organizations” are defined as not-for-profit organizations located in an Illinois community that directly and regularly serve citizens within a defined Illinois community and the surrounding area.
  • Applicants should be the lead for their organization or have a leadership role in the organization that aligns with the work of the IQ EE Committee.
  • Applicants must commit to attending at least 80% of the designated IQ Committee Meetings, and designated IQ-Related SAG Meetings to be eligible for a member stipend.  Some Committee Meetings may be designated for only specific CBOs, such as those in Northern IL or those in Southern IL.
  • Applicants are not required to attend a specific number of IQ “Working Group” meetings that will focus on specific topics, unless Applicant has agreed to participate on such a committee, in which case Applicant shall also attend 80% of the IQ Working Group meetings.
  • Member eligibility for stipend reimbursement may be revoked in the sole discretion of the IQ Leadership Team if, in the sole judgment of the IQ Leadership Team, the member is not meeting the expected attendance requirements and other rules and processes that will be established from time-to-time.

Stipend Eligibility/Amount

  • Time eligible for reimbursement time is meeting time only.
  • Reimbursement is $150/eligible meeting.
  • Stipends will be disbursed to the organization, not the individual member.
  • For reimbursement, organizations will be expected to provide Automated Clearing House (ACH) information so that payments can be deposited electronically into the organization’s bank account as well as an IRS Form W-9.  Committee Members who receive greater than $600 in one year will receive a 1099 form.  The per diem will be treated as taxable income.
  • Reimbursements will be made after reimbursement requests are paid by the funding utility, either Commonwealth Edison or Ameren Illinois.
  • Reimbursements will be based per meeting.  Travel expenses are expected to be included as part of the per-meeting reimbursement.

Meeting attendance will be based on attendance as recorded by the teleconference service used by the Facilitation Team or an in-person sign-in sheet.  It is the Member’s responsibility to ensure their name appears in the teleconference service that is similar enough to the name contained on this Member Application.  If a Member has questions about whether their attendance was appropriately recorded by the teleconferencing service (for example, only the Member’s phone number appears), then it is the Member’s sole responsibility to indicate their attendance within three days of the meeting by e-mailing: [email protected].

Other Requirements

  • No more than one (1) representative of a Community-Based Organization is eligible to receive a member stipend.
  • Committee Members are expected to abide by all Committee attendance requirements and process rules and requirements, which may change from time to time, and may be removed by vote of the Leadership Team.