LIFT Donation


Coles County, IL – October X, 2022 – Apex Clean Energy and Coles Wind have awarded the
most recent round of grants as part of the Coles Wind Community Grant Program. The grant
program is one way that Apex contributes to pressing community needs and makes a
meaningful impact at the local level. These funds are allocated to support programs that serve
Coles County through economic development, environmental sustainability, education, and
health and recreation. During this cycle, $5,000 in funds were distributed to Mattoon Community
Unit School District 2 for its Leaders Innovating for Tomorrow (LIFT) program.

The LIFT program is a state-of-the-art regional innovation and technology center. The program
offers central Illinois–based high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to develop
leadership skills and gain valuable, hands-on experience in different career pathways:
HVAC/green energy, manufacturing and construction, culinary arts, communications, childcare,
information technology, and leadership. Focusing on individualized and project-based learning,
LIFT encourages students to align their academic studies with their career interests, which sets
them up for success in the post-graduation world.

“This funding will help students all over the area through our new LIFT program,” said Dan
Compton, LIFT’s HVAC/green energy facilitator. “It will specifically help us purchase a miniature
wind turbine, photovoltaic cells, and other equipment so that students will be ready for the clean
energy jobs of tomorrow.”

“This grant is important for schools throughout the region,” added Tim Condron, superintendent
of Mattoon Community Unit District 2. “We appreciate Coles Wind and other businesses that
help students explore interests and LIFT their future. Donations like these can truly be life-
altering for students and our community.”

The goal of the Coles Wind Community Grant Program is to fund projects and programs that
build healthy communities. Grant dollars are limited; Coles Wind awards local grants on a
quarterly basis. If you are interested in applying for future rounds of funding, please


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