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Capacity Building Grant

Grants to Illinois Environmental Nonprofits for
Projects that Increase Their Organizational Capacity

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Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation

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Grants of up to $40,000 to Illinois nonprofit environmental and conservation organizations for organizational capacity building projects. Funding is intended for projects that increase the organizational capacity of nonprofits that protect wildlife habitat and natural areas in Illinois. The purpose of this program is to strengthen and expand the Foundation’s applicant pool, thereby increasing the number of funding opportunities for projects that purchase and protect habitat.

The Foundation will consider requests that include limited support for staff if certain criteria are met. Funding typically provides access to outside technical experts to assist with activities such as:

-Strategic Planning
-Fundraising for a Land Acquisition Fund, a Defense Fund, or to become self-sustaining
-Board Development
-Organizational Development
-Land Trust Alliance (LTA) organizational assessment and training
-Implementation of LTA Standards and Practices

-Board of Directors has previously adopted specific land acquisition and natural resource protection goals.
-Application demonstrates the connection between increasing the organizational capacity and the protection of natural areas and wildlife habitat in the state.
-Project work plan is clearly designed so that the Grantee Organization will be self-sustaining (if it is not already) and ready to bump up its habitat protection efforts at the conclusion of the proposed project.

Grant requests from applicants organizations with additional funds from other sources will be more competitive.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 151295

Estimated Size of Grant:

Eligible applicants may apply for up to $40,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants are typically two years in length.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. ALL applicants are required to provide a Federal Employer Tax ID/Employer Tax ID Number (FEIN/EIN).

This program is primarily for 501(c)(3) organizations. If you represent a college or a university and have an idea for a project that would build the capacity of conservation organizations and agencies to protect native wildlife habitat in Illinois, please call the Foundation before submitting an application.

Limited funding for staff may be considered during the second year of a grant provided that the Grantee organization is able to raise a match for these funds during the first year.

The Foundation does not offer assistance with re-occurring operational expenses.

Pre-Application Information:

-February 22, 2018
-August 28, 2018

A confirmation email is sent after an application is received.

Applicants will be notified of the Foundation's decision on grant requests approximately three months after receipt of applications.  

The Foundation’s grant will rarely cover the full cost of the work proposed.

Typical grant projects focus on assisting a single organization. Contact the Foundation if you have an idea for a project that will build the capacity of multiple partner groups to advance land conservation in Illinois.

You may find the following links and documents useful during the application process:

Institute for Conservation Leadership:

Land Trust Alliance:

Prairie State Conservation Coalition:

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 Clean Energy Community Foundation
2 N. LaSalle, Suite 1140
Chicago, IL 60602
P: (312) 372-5191
F: (312) 372-5190

Krista Dimberg, Grant Administrator

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois