Energy Efficiency

Funding Opportunities for 2015

To learn more about our energy efficiency grant opportunities and how to apply online, please use the links below to access guidelines and criteria for each funding opportunity.

Through its Energy Efficiency Program, the Foundation will continue to support nonprofit organizations and local governments in their efforts to reduce energy consumption in buildings and important process operations like waste water treatment. By reducing energy consumption, nonprofits and local governments help the environment and save taxpayers money.  

The Foundation's Waste Water Program for publicly owned and operated waste water treatment plants will be expanded in 2015 to include publicly owned Potable water treatment and distribution agencies. The newly renamed Water Energy Efficiency Program will continue to accept applications twice a year as part of the competitive grant cycles on January 13 and July 14. Funding will be available for improvements ranging from aeration systems to solar photovoltaics to bio-gas recovery.

Eligible applicants designing LEED buildings at the Silver, Gold or Platinum levels of certification can continue to apply for design/commissioning and capital systems funding in a single application as part of the Foundation's High Performance Green Buildings ProgramPlease review this program as requirements and incentives available for renewable energy systems have changed for 2015.

The Foundation regrets to announce Cancellation of the September 2015 lighting application cycle.

The March application cycle saw an unprecedented level of grant requests and was consequently over-subscribed. The Foundation was able to award grants to 96% of the applicant pool including ALL first-time applicants. Unfortunately, funds are not available for the September application cycle.

The Foundation encourages organizations interested in lighting retrofit projects to contact the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity or their local investor owned electricity distribution utility for information on lighting programs.

Additional information on Foundation programs as it becomes available will, as always, be posted on the Foundation's website.