Grants

How do I apply for a grant?

Applications for both Illinois Solar Schools and Illinois Wind Schools grants are submitted electronically through the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation’s website.

How does the installation process work?

We have prepared a downloadable document that explains the process in detail.

What does a PV system installation grant cover?

The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation provides up to $7,000 or 90% (whichever is less) of the PV system’s cost and installation, as well as web-based monitoring to provide real-time data on the amount of electricity generated. Illinois Clean Energy also partners with the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) to coordinate project installation. Teachers from schools receiving grants are eligible to attend curricular development workshops sponsored by Illinois Clean Energy. These workshops are held twice a year.

What does a wind turbine installation grant cover?

The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation supports up to $40,000 or 90% (whichever is less) of the system cost and installation, as well as web-based monitoring to provide real-time data on the amount of electricity generated. Illinois Clean Energy also partners with the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) to coordinate project installation. Teachers from schools receiving grants are eligible to attend curricular development workshops sponsored by Illinois Clean Energy. These workshops are held twice a year.

How can I find more information or ask questions?

Additional information such as teaching resources as well as renewable energy information resources can be found on the Teacher Resources page.

For schools that have received grants, but have not yet installed their systems:

Grantees and potential applicants can visit Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation’s website and can also ask questions by calling the Foundation at 312-372-5191.

What is the timing for grant decisions and project installation?

Grant decisions are generally made in the spring. Project installation may start immediately after execution of a grant agreement. Grant recipients are encouraged to install their systems in the summer before the start of the new school year, but must complete the project by the end of the grant period (12 months).

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