Celebrating 10 Years of Impact!
Open space in our communities is a crucial element to the quality of our lives. They provide necessary space for respite, reflection, and connection with nature. They also provide vital ecological services that keep our air and water clean, flowering and food producing plants pollinated, and climate cool. Too often, communities don’t have the capital needed for planning, restoring, and acquiring open spaces. The ComEd Green Region Grant was created in 2013 to support open space projects in Northern Illinois.
Now celebrating its tenth year, the ComEd Green Region Grant awards grants up to $10,000 for conservation projects based in Northern Illinois. New this year, non-profits and educational agencies are invited to apply with a letter of support from a government agency in their community. With the climate crisis posing new and increasing challenges in our region, the ComEd Green Region Grant has put a new focus on building climate resiliency through local stewardship. Special consideration is given to projects that focus on nature-based solutions to climate change and pollinator habitats to support wildlife. These innovative projects plan for, protect, and restore natural places in diverse communities across Northern Illinois.
Since the ComEd Green Region Grant began in 2013, 1,079,900 people have benefited from the Grant’s open space improvements. ComEd Green Region funded projects supported 71,091 feet of ADA accessible trails, 1,181 acres of protected, restored or improved land and planted 7,000 trees. Through the Grant, $1.7 million and counting has been awarded to nearly two hundred conservation projects in Northern Illinois.
The 2022 Application portal is now closed. Please sign up for the newsletter to receive announcments on upcoming grant deadlines.