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Grants to Illinois Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs
to Promote the Use of Green Energy Systems

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Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation

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Grants to Illinois nonprofit organizations, local government agencies, colleges, and universities to promote the use of renewable energy technologies that are not yet commonly used in the state. Incentives will be determined on a case-by-case basis for the following categories: advancing renewable energy, emerging technologies, and biomass.

Biomass projects use materials such as wood, energy crops, food and animal waste, that are turned into useful energy using a variety of processes, including combustion, gasification, anaerobic digestion, etc.

Projects in the Advancing Renewable Energy program, may include assistance with purchasing specialized renewable energy hardware for the implementation of hands-on training programs at colleges and universities.

Emerging Technologies supports renewable energy technologies that are not yet widely used in Illinois.

The Foundation gives priority to projects that:
-Have secured all additional funding
-Feature a strong education and outreach component, including permanent educational signage, displays, and other publicity materials

The Foundation adheres to the definition of renewable energy adopted in the Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Coal Development Law of 1997: The Law states that: "renewable energy resources" includes energy from wind, solar thermal energy, photovoltaic cells and panels, dedicated crops grown for energy production and organic waste biomass, hydropower that does not involve new construction or significant expansion of hydropower dams, and other such alternative sources of environmentally preferable energy. "Renewable Energy resources" does not include, however, energy from the incineration, burning or heating of waste wood, tires, garbage, general household institutional and commercial waste, industrial lunchroom or office waste, landscape waste, or construction or demolition debris.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 151293

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

-501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations
-Local government agencies serving Illinois residents
-Colleges and Universities

ALL applicants are required to provide a letter from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) confirming their Employer Identification Number (EIN). 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations must additionally provide an IRS Tax Determination Letter, which may contain the EIN information.

Pre-Application Information:

-February 22, 2018
-August 28, 2018

The Foundation’s review process can take four months or longer.

The grant award process is competitive. Some projects may be awarded at lower levels than requested; others may be declined altogether.

Contact Information:

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

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Illinois Clean Energy
2 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 1140
Chicago, IL 60602

P: 312-372-5191
F: 312-372-5190

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois