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Small Grants Program

Grants to Illinois Nonprofits and Municipalities in Eligible
Regions to Educate Consumers about Smart Energy Usage

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Illinois Science and Energy Innovation Foundation (ISEIF)

Deadline Date:

02/01/18 4:00 PM CT


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 to Illinois nonprofits, schools, universities, municipalities, and research institutions in the West Central region and in Cook County for programs that educate consumers about smart energy usage. Applicants should contact the foundation before applying.

Grant recipients will pair with knowledgeable organizations to host events that teach consumers the details of the grid, smart meters, and how to make an informed selection from among the different products being made available to customers as the smart grid is deployed around the state.

The small grants process is designed to allow a community organization to devote specific staff time to organizing a gathering, perhaps to rent a venue for an occasion, to provide incentives (prizes and gifts), and to provide refreshments or even transportation for those who attend.

Small grants are for organizations that may not have educational or smart grid expertise, but can gather an audience for larger outreach organizations in a partnership facilitated by the Foundation.

In particular, the Foundation is interested in hearing from nonprofits in good standing who can:

-Gather at least 200 consumers (adults) for a single event or a series of events to learn from the larger ISEIF grantees about the Smart Grid. (Organizations with the capacity to gather 200 people should be applying at the $5,000 end, and organizations that can reach 500 should be applying at its upper end of $15,000.)

-Reach low-income communities, low-income seniors and other hard-to-reach populations (hard-to-reach by language, by rural geography, etc.).

Funds may be used to cover any expense directly related to the organizing and hosting of a community event or series of events focused on energy education, to which ISEIF-funded large educational organizations are invited to provide specific smart-grid content.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 146257

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are limited to between $5,000 and $15,000.

Term of Contract:

Organizations that succeed in offering well-attended events with content provided by larger ISEIF-funded organizations will be eligible to apply for additional funding one year after their first application.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The applicant must be a qualified not-for-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status other than a religious organization. Organizations like schools, universities, municipalities, and research institutions are also eligible to apply for the small grants program.

Pre-Application Information:


Review process and deadlines:

Applicants interested in a small grant should contact the program director before applying. Applications received from groups that have not contacted the foundation will not be considered, so please do not skip this step!

After discussing the work they are interested in proposing, applicants will be directed to the online application process for the simple application form required for small grant applications. Program staff will evaluate these proposals along with the large grant proposals, and send them to the ISEIF peer review team and to the board for approval at ISEIF’s board of directors meeting. There is likely to be a site visit by foundation staff to your facility prior to the board meeting.

After the board meeting, applicants will be notified whether or not their grants were approved, and if they were they will be provided with grant documentation (a simple grant agreement and scope of work). Once documents are signed and returned funds will be transferred to grantees via wire transfer to their organization bank account.


2017 Cycle 2: Opens 7/5/2017
Proposals Due: 9/19/2017, 4pm
Board Decision: December 2017

2018 Cycle 1: Opens 1/2/2018
Proposals Due: 2/1/2018, 4pm
Board Decision: June 2018

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Illinois Science & Energy Innovation Foundation
18 South Michigan Avenue, 12th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60603

General Email:

Clare Butterfield, Program Director
Telephone: (312) 324-3999

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois: West Central region and Cook County