Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation Grants

  • Ed Miller, Program Director
  • Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation
  • 2 N. LaSalle Street, #950,
  • Chicago, IL 60602
  • Phone: (312) 372-5191
  • Fax: (312) 372-5190
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Purpose of the Program

The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation invests in clean energy development and land preservation efforts, working with communities and citizens to improve environmental quality in Illinois. The foundation supports programs and projects that will improve energy efficiency, develop renewable energy resources, and preserve and enhance natural areas and wildlife habitats throughout the state.

Eligible applicants may apply for grants from the foundation to complement funding being sought from the USDA-Rural Development through the Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Program (created under Sec. 9006 of the Farm Bill).  The foundation also supports efforts to educate farm community leaders about the potential of wind, biomass, and other clean energy technologies.

Who is Eligible

Grant applicants must be tax exempt nonprofit organizations recognized by the IRS under Section 501(c)(3) of the Federal Tax Code or local units of government. 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.

Application Process

Varies by funding category; check for details.  Aside from green building design grants and lighting upgrade projects, most grant applications begin with three-page letters of inquiry that are accepted January 15 and July 15 each year and reviewed as a group on a competitive basis.

Availability of Funds


How Funds are to be used

For purposes that advance the foundation’s program priorities and that are consistent with Section 501(c)(3) of the Federal Tax Code.

Types of Assistance


Year Program was established