Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation Grants (Illinois)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Illinois

Name Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation Grants
Incentive Type Non-Profit Grant Program
Applicable Sector Local Government, Nonprofit, Schools
Eligible Technologies Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, LED Exit Signs, Biomass, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Other Distributed Generation Technologies, Passive Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Solar Water Heat, Wind
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector Non-Profit
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs, Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Start Date 1999-06-30

Program Administrator Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation

References DSIRE[1]


The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation (ICECF) was established in December 1999 as an independent foundation with a $225 million endowment provided by Commonwealth Edison. The ICECF invests in clean-energy development and land-preservation efforts, working with communities and citizens to improve environmental quality in Illinois. The ICECF provides competitive grants to programs and projects that improve energy efficiency, develop renewable-energy resources, and preserve and enhance natural areas and wildlife habitats in Illinois. Since 2001 the Foundation has awarded approximately 3,600 grants totaling $212 million.

Grants support both energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, like wind, solar (both solar thermal and solar electric applications), biomass, fuel cells and other forms of distributed generation. Award amounts will be considered on a case-by-case basis, taking into account cost-effectiveness of the project, project innovation, simple project payback, other sources of funding and owner contribution. Visit the ICECF grant application website to find out about currently available and upcoming grants.

Application Process Grant cycles and application deadlines vary depending on the project. Beginning in June 2011, ICECF uses an online application process. The ICECF will notify all applicants whether to submit a full proposal. When applicants are invited to submit a full proposal, the ICECF will specify what information to include, as well as the supporting documents that must be submitted.

Illinois Solar Schools Program The ICECF also administers the Solar Schools Program (in addition to the K-12 Wind Schools Program). These programs are targeted grant programs with separate guidelines, deadlines, and application forms. Since 2006, ICECF has awarded over $2,100,000 in grants to over 220 schools to support the installation of 1-kW solar PV systems. ICECF has developed a dedicated website for this program:

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Gabriela Martin
Department Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation
Address 2 N. LaSalle St., Ste. 1140
Place Chicago, Illinois
Zip/Postal Code 60602
Phone (312) 372-5191


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: § 220 ILCS 5/16-111.1
Date Effective 1999-06-30
Date Enacted 1999-06-30

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"