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Nicor Gas announces $100,000 in funding for educational programming 

NAPERVILLE, IL – July 3, 2023 – Expanding on its commitment to enhance opportunities and social mobility for the communities it serves, Nicor Gas is announcing $100,000 in funding to support secondary and post-secondary educational programs as well as technical and vocational programs. 

Starting July 1, community nonprofit organizations may apply for these grants from Nicor Gas to support their educational programming that align with the company’s workforce development initiatives. Applications are available at through September 30 with funding decisions by November 30. Each community nonprofit organization selected will be eligible to receive up to $5,000 in grant funds this year. 

The company is committed to supporting initiatives that provide a path to social mobility and enhanced opportunities through education and career readiness programming, including institutions that offer areas of study important to the energy industry. 

“At Nicor Gas, we are committed to investing in education and workforce development opportunities that develop the next generation of energy professionals,” said Jackie Nagel, manager of Community Affairs. “We are also committed to investing in organizations that offer areas of study important to our business, including STEM programs as well as programs that foster diversity, equity and inclusion.”

Last year, the company provided grant support to: 

  • Heartland Community College – Nicor Gas provided a grant that supports curriculum that integrates robotic quadrupeds into classroom learning.
  • Boys and Girls Club of Livingston County – Nicor Gas provided a grant that supports comprehensive science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) programs and learning opportunities among traditionally underserved groups.
  • Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs – Nicor Gas provided a grant to support summer manufacturing camps that provide youth in Cook and McHenry counties with hands-on experiences to strengthen their technical, analytical and communication skills.

To submit an application for the education and career readiness grants, visit  

About Nicor Gas
Nicor Gas is one of four natural gas distribution companies of Southern Company Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO). Nicor Gas serves more than 2.3 million customers in a service territory that encompasses most of the northern third of Illinois, excluding the city of Chicago. For more information, visit

About Southern Company Gas
Southern Company Gas is a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE:SO), America’s premier energy company. Southern Company Gas serves approximately 4.3 million natural gas customers through its regulated distribution companies in four states with approximately 600,000 retail customers through its companies that market natural gas. Other businesses include investments in interstate pipelines and ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities. For more information, visit 

Media Contact:
Allison Gregoire, Southern Company Gas