Powering our communities is just the beginning. ComEd considers it our responsibility to improve the quality of life for people in the communities where we live, work, and serve.
ComEd focuses our corporate giving in four areas - building Exelon's future workforce, energy empowerment in our communities, enrichment through local vitality, and equal access to arts and culture. We support and value diversity, equity & inclusion; we try to reflect the communities in which we operate. ComEd is proud to support nonprofit organizations and students in our local communities. We encourage you to learn about our programs highlighted on this page.
If you are new here, please send an email with a description of your nonprofit organization & programs to ComEd Contributions, and we will get back to you within six weeks. If you have been invited to apply for a program grant or event sponsorship, please click on the appropriate application link to submit your request. For Dues/Memberships or In-Kind requests, please choose the Exelon Grant Application.
Click here to learn about additional funding opportunities with our parent company, Exelon.
ComEd Directs Corporate Giving to Four Key Areas:
We fund programs that deliver measurable, sustainable improvements in the communities we serve. We invest in organizations that have proven track records in these areas:
Our future as a company and society depends on educating youth who will serve as leaders of tomorrow. ComEd supports programs that teach students fundamentals of energy and build excitement for our industry. We partner with programs designed to spark interest in and pursuit of careers in energy, engineering, IT, and trade programs that encourage and ensure the industry's future workforce by focusing on educational opportunities starting from school age to adulthood.
ComEd prioritizes programs focused on clean air, water, resiliency, fighting the effects of climate change and environmental stewardship. Our focus is to increase resiliency, safety, and well-being in communities for action on climate change, severe weather, and emergencies through support of energy management and awareness, as well as the innovative use and promotion of alternative sources of energy. We also work to sustain families and self-sufficiency by supporting programs to assist community members facing the most significant financial challenges and instability.
ComEd's priority focuses on supporting chambers of commerce and economic development organizations who are critical to the growth of job and income equity in our local communities. We also provide support for community anchors that educate all customers about the energy industry and science. Through our employee giving campaign and support of employee philanthropy and volunteerism, we support a wide variety of community and nonprofit organizations.
Arts and culture encourages rich and diverse engagement. ComEd will fund programs that increase access to the arts for underrepresented communities, especially low-income students, individuals and families, senior citizens, and people with disabilities. We achieve this by working with community-based nonprofits that offer programming in schools and neighborhood settings at free, or reduced cost to under resourced communities.
Guidelines For Those Who'd Like To Apply For A Grant:
ComEd is a company that values Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Our commitment to DEI is recognized as part of what we do, helping us attract and retain talent, be a better corporate citizen in our communities, run our business better, and power a cleaner and brighter future for our customers and communities.
ComEd's grant application process is paperless. All applications for program, event and sponsorship support must be submitted online.
Understanding that open space in our communities is a crucial element of the quality of our lives, ComEd partners with Openlands to administer the ComEd Green Region Program, which awards grants to public agencies supporting their efforts to plan for, protect, and improve open space in ComEd's service area of northern Illinois. Grants of up to $10,000 support open-space projects that focus on planning, acquisition, and improvements to local parks, natural areas, and recreation resources. Learn more about how to apply.
To enhance the quality of life in cities, villages, and towns in the ComEd region and among Metropolitan Mayors Caucus member communities, ComEd has created the Powering Safe Communities grant program, which awards grants of up to $10,000 to support municipal public safety initiatives. Learn more about the program's eligibility requirements and apply.
Recognizing that access to art in our communities is a crucial element of the quality of our lives, ComEd has partnered with the League of Chicago Theatres to administer the ComEd Powering the Arts Program, which awards grants of up to $10,000 to arts and culture organizations supporting their efforts to reach underserved audiences in ComEd's service area of northern Illinois. Learn more about the program guidelines and apply.
Recognizing the power holidays can have on a community, ComEd has partnered with the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus to launch a brand new competitive grant program: ComEd's Powering the Holidays! This pilot grant program aims to celebrate community identity and culture, and provide an opportunity for intercultural exchange and understanding by supporting local community lighting events during the holiday season. The ComEd Powering the Holidays Program will award grants of up to $2,500 throughout ComEd's service territory for community-based holiday lighting events. Learn more about the program here.