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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 Schools Grant Program The application is currently open until February 23, 2023. 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 is currently open for this program until February 23, 2023. 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 is currently open for this program until February 23, 2023. 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 applications are currently open for Solar Thermal, Biomass, Advancing Renewable Energy or Emerging Technology programs until February 23, 2023.

The grant application is currently open for this program until January 31, 2023. 

  • 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 Pre-Proposal applications for this program is January 31, 2023. 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.

Areas Program Updates

Community Stewardship Challenge Grant & Land Acquisition applications are currently open until January 31st, 2023. Please visit the webpages for the application link.

Effective immediately, the following Natural Areas programs will no longer be offered:

  • Capacity Building
  • Planning for Land Acquisition
  • Pollinator Meadows
  • K-12 Pollinator Schools
  • Public Amenities and Events

All active grants previously awarded under these programs will remain active with no changes to their requirements.

Additionally, the Foundation will no longer consider projects seeking to purchase conservation easements through its Land Acquisition program.

Contact Brad Hanzel, Program Officer, by email or phone at (630) 603-9410 if you are interested in applying for Community Stewardship or Land Acquisition.

Effective immediately, this program will no longer be offered.

  • All active grants previously awarded under this program will remain active with no changes to their requirements.

 

The grant application will be open until January 31, 2023.

Please click here to start an application.

Effective immediately, this program will no longer be offered.

  • All active grants previously awarded under this program will remain active with no changes to their requirements.

The grant application will be open until January 31, 2023.

Please click here to start an application.

  • The Foundation will no longer consider projects seeking to purchase conservation easements through its Land Acquisition Program.

Effective immediately, this program will no longer be offered.

  • All active grants previously awarded under this program will remain active with no changes to their requirements.

Effective immediately, this program will no longer be offered.

  • All active grants previously awarded under this program will remain active with no changes to their requirements.

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