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Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation

Providing financial support for clean energy projects in Illinois for over 20 years.

The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation was established in December 1999 as an independent foundation with a $225 million endowment provided by Commonwealth Edison. Our mission is to improve energy efficiency, advance the development and use of renewable energy resources, and protect natural areas and wildlife habitat in communities all across Illinois.

Energy Program Updates

K-12 Solar & Wind Schools Grant Program Grant applications for K-12 Solar & Wind grants are now open. The deadline for applications is August 25, 2022. Additional funding is available for public schools residing within Cook County.  For inquiries about the program/application process, contact Cassie Slattery by email or phone at (630) 413-0894.

Contact Gabriela Martin, Program Director, by email or phone at (312) 372-5191 if you are interested in applying for any of the grants listed below.

The grant application for this program is now open. The deadline for applications is August 25, 2022. Municipal police stations, fire stations, and public agencies supplying water, can apply for grants that help pay for solar electric panels with battery energy storage systems. These systems can allow facilities providing critical infrastructure to continue operating during emergencies and reduce electricity purchases from the grid during non-emergency periods.

The grant application for this program is now open. The deadline for applications is August 25, 2022. This program aims to support the installation of photovoltaic (PV) installations at qualified local government or non-profit owned Nature Centers. ICECF looks to fund projects that express an interest in renewable energy as a system for power AND as a medium for teaching about sustainable energy use

The grant application for Solar Thermal, Biomass, Advancing Renewable Energy or Emerging Technology programs are now open. The next deadline for applications is August 25, 2022.

The grant application for this program is now open. The next deadline for applications is July 21, 2022.

  • The USDA is accepting applications for loans and grants to support water and wastewater treatment plant projects in rural areas. Click here to learn more.
  • Register here for webinars on Energy and Nutrient Optimization for Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants presented by EPA Region 4, NC DEQ, and the Waste Reduction Partners. Access to past presentations is also available. 

The next deadline for applications is July 21, 2022. Grantees must have submitted an RFI and been invited for the grant cycle before they can submit a Pre-Proposal application by the following deadline. Contact Gabriela Martin to discuss your project prior to submitting an RFI.

Natural Areas Program Updates

Public Amenities & EventsThe Public Amenities & Events grant application is now open. Please review the list of Site Criteria and Acceptable Amenities and Event Costs (under Resources) to determine if your project is eligible for support under this program. If you have an idea for a project or any other questions, please contact Cassie Slattery by email or phone at (630) 413-0894..

If you are interested in applying for any of the grants listed below, please e-mail or phone at (630) 413-0894.

The grant application is now open. If you are interested in applying for Capacity Building, please send us an email.

The grant application is now open.

The grant application is now open.

The grant application is now open. If you are interested in applying for Planning for Land Acquisition, please send us an email.

The grant application is now open.


Grant Project Updates

The Foundation periodically publishes updates of both active and past grant projects related to natural areas. View all Grants Awarded.

Natural Areas Trustee Updates