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Climate Friendly Grant

Climate-Friendly Nonprofit Grant Program

Grants are available to promote climate-friendly assistance programs throughout Northern Illinois.


Please note some recent application changes:

  • The application submission deadline has been extended to 8/19/22
  • The maximum administrative spend limit has been raised to 20%.

Program Details

Supporting Climate-Friendly Programs

We are now accepting applications for a new, $1.8 million, competitive grant program to promote climate-friendly assistance programs throughout Northern Illinois. We understand the gap widened by pandemic-related challenges and will award grants up to $450,000 to four nonprofit organizations in our service territory who will provide assistance to limited income customers through climate-friendly programs and cross-promote additional complementary offerings for which these customers may qualify.


Grant Guidelines

  • Eligible nonprofits will be 501(c)(3) organizations serving the ComEd service territory.
  • Eligible nonprofits are those that do not, in their constitution nor practice, discriminate against a person or group on the basis of age, political affiliation, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, HIV/AIDS status or religious belief.
  • Energy Efficiency program ideas are explicitly excluded from bids due to potential conflicts with ComEd’s Energy Efficiency portfolio.  However, an Energy Efficiency-specific grant program is launching later this year for non-profit community-based organizations.
How to Apply

Municipal agencies and community organizations with 501(c)(3) designations that operate in the ComEd service territory are encouraged to apply. Qualifying proposals will be eligible for grants of up to $450,000 each, to support communities in need.

Interested parties are encouraged to download the Request for Proposal (pdf) and Application Form (pdf). Applications can be submitted online at, by U.S. mail or by fax and will be accepted now through 5 p.m. CT on August 19, 2022.

Mail (postmarked by August 19, 2022):
Attention – Climate Friendly Grant Program
P.O. Box 2550
Chicago, IL 60690

FAX (date and time-stamped by August 19, 2022): 1-443-213-3553

What Happens Next

What happens after I apply?
You will receive a confirmation email once your proposal has been received. All grant applications will be reviewed and assessed by a cross-functional, objective review team – leveraging a template aligned with grant requirements.

How long does it take?
Approximately two weeks after the submission deadline, four awardees will be announced.

How will I be notified of grant awards?
An email will be sent to all grant applicants announcing awardees.

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