How to Apply

To learn more about our grant opportunities and submit an application, please use the links below.

Eligibility

The Foundation provides funding to federally recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and state and local government agencies serving Illinois residents. The Foundation will not provide funding for remediation of environmentally impaired properties, technology research, promotion of proprietary products, reoccurring operating costs, political campaigns or lobbying, capital campaigns or support for an organization's endowment, or projects undertaken by individuals.

If you are a 501(c)(3) not for profit, a copy of your organization's Department of Treasury Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Determination Letter that confirms your Employer Identification Number (EIN) is required. If you are a public agency, a copy of your organization's Department of Treasury IRS Letter that confirms your Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) is required. If the organization name on the Department of Treasury IRS letter for either a 501(c)(3) not for profit or a public agency is different from the name of the organization that is requesting a grant, you must submit legal documentation to explain this difference.

Religious congregations that operate under the Federal tax-exempt authority of their governing body (e.g., an individual Catholic parish operating under the United States Conference of Bishops) must provide evidence of such status. The Foundation will accept as evidence a copy of the page from the Directory of Membership showing the applicant's inclusion in such directory.
 

If you are an eligible applicant, please consider the following:

  1. Have you read the Guidelines and Criteria specific to the grant opportunity you are seeking?

  2. Please be aware that different grant opportunities have different deadlines. Make sure to check these before working on your application.

  

Grant Opportunities


Energy Efficiency
                

Lighting Upgrade Programs

March 13, 2015; September 11, 2015

Model Energy Efficient Systems

January 13, 2015; July 14, 2015

High Performance Green Buildings

Rolling Review-Anytime

Design and Commissioning

Rolling Review - Anytime

Existing Buildings Energy Efficiency Improvements

January 13, 2015; July 14, 2015

Wastewater Treatment Energy Program

January 13, 2015; July 14, 2015

   



Renewable Energy 
         

Solar Photovoltaic Installation

January 13, 2015; July 14, 2015

Solar Photovoltaics for Municipal Electric Utilities Demonstration Program

 July 14, 2015

Solar Thermal Installation

January 13, 2015; July 14, 2015

K-12 Solar Schools

February 19, 2015

Wind Turbine Installation (≤100kW)

January 13, 2015; July 15, 2015

K-12 Wind Schools

February 19, 2015

Biomass

January 13, 2015; July 14, 2015

Advancing Renewable Energy

January 13, 2015; July 14, 2015

Emerging Technologies

January 13, 2015; July 14, 2015

 


Natural Areas 

Land Acquisition

January 13, 2015; July 14, 2015

Capacity Building

January 13, 2015; July 14, 2015

Planning for Acquisition

January 13, 2015; July 14, 2015