Solar Thermal Grant Program

Grants to Illinois Nonprofits, IHEs, and Agencies
to Install Solar Thermal Energy Systems

GrantWatch ID#: 178011
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation


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Grants to Illinois nonprofit organizations, local government agencies, colleges, and universities to install solar thermal systems. Solar thermal installations can provide hot water, as well as heating and cooling for buildings. Installations may be requested for community centers, fire stations, schools, and other facilities.

-Complement the implementation of significant energy efficiency measures at the facility planning to install the solar thermal system
-Feature a strong education and outreach component

-Must have year-round hot water/heating/cooling load
-Train current and future facilities staff to operate and maintain the solar thermal system
-Monitor system performance and submit annual performance reports for the first three years of operation

Eligible applicants may apply for up to $100/square foot of collector area or 60% of the system and its installation costs, whichever is less, inclusive of state funding.

-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 also contain the EIN information.

-January 19, 2017
-August 29, 2017

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.

For gound-mounted solar thermal installations, you must also submit the results of an IDNR information request using the EcoCat Assessment Tool:


Solar Thermal Basics:

Solar Thermal Guide:

Solar Water Heating:

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

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

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

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USA: Illinois

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