Openlands partners with ComEd to administer the ComEd Green Region Program. Recognizing that open space in our communities is a crucial element of the quality of our lives, the ComEd program 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. Grant recipients can use Green Region grants in combination with other funding sources to cover a portion of the expenses associated with developing and/or supporting their open space programs. Learn more about the program guidelines.
We are excited to announce that the 2017 ComEd Green Region Program will have a special focus on pollinator conservation! Learn more.
A wide range of diverse projects, at many different scales, have been funded by the Green Region Program since 2013. See current and past grant recipients. Here are just a few examples of possible projects:
- A village park district designs a public-access boardwalk around a wetland at one of their parks and creates signage interpreting the wildflowers growing in that wetland.
- A city designates a parcel of land for building a public trail and planting prairie wildflowers, and works with a non-profit partner organization to recruit volunteers that help plant the wildflowers during a planting workday.
- A local soil and water conservation district provides materials and assistance to install native pollinator habitat buffer strips on farmland within a community.
Grant applications are reviewed by an advisory committee composed of county government officials and members of the region’s non-profit conservation community. Learn more about how to apply.
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