How to Apply

Please note: the application window for the 2017 cycle has closed.


Eligible Applicants

Eligible Applicants are municipalities, townships, counties, park districts, conservation districts and forest preserve districts within ComEd’s service territory in the following counties: Boone, Bureau, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Ford, Grundy, Henry, Iroquois, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, Livingston, Marshall, McHenry, Ogle, Rock Island, Stephenson, Whiteside, Will, Winnebago and Woodford.

Starting this year, past grantees are eligible to reapply only if they have fully completed their grant requirements, including but not limited to submitting their final grant report.

Non-profit organizations and all other units of government not listed above (such as schools, school districts, and housing authorities) are not eligible to apply but are encouraged to partner on joint projects with an Eligible Applicant. Please see the Program FAQ’s for more information about eligibility.

Eligible Applicants must be in good standing with ComEd related to provision of utilities.


Timeline – 2017 Grants Cycle

  • January 20: Grants Cycle Opens
  • March 15: Application Deadline
  • Late June: Notifications Sent to All Applicants

Application Materials

2017 Advisory Committee

Completed and eligible applications will be reviewed and prioritized by a geographically-diverse committee composed of county government officials and members of the region’s non-profit land conservation community. Final decisions on recipients and amounts will remain at the discretion of ComEd.

This year’s advisory committee includes representatives from 16 counties in the ComEd service area:

  • Eric Anderson, Executive Director, River Bend Wildland Trust
  • Megan Andrews, Resource Conservationist, Kendall County Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Kevin Bennett, Resource Conservationist, Bureau County Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Lynn Boerman, Ecosystems Administrator, Illinois Department of Natural Resources
  • Julianne Buck, Executive Director, Community Foundation of Grundy County
  • Berni Carmack, Independent Environmental Educator & Project Learning Tree Facilitator
  • Peggy Doty, Unit Educator II: Environmental & Energy Stewardship, University of Illinois Extension
  • Catherine Game, Alliance Relations Manager, Chicago Wilderness
  • Kerry Leigh, Executive Director, Natural Land Institute
  • Dan Lobbes, Director of Land Protection & Kane County Program Director, The Conservation Foundation
  • Heidi Miller, Planner, Grundy County Land Use Department
  • Karen Miller, Executive Planner, Kane County Development Department
  • Darrell Moore, Senior Planner, McHenry County Department of Planning & Development
  • Jennifer Nowicki, Board Member, Jane Addamsland Park Foundation
  • Kathleen O’Connor, Township Supervisor, Libertyville Township
  • Don Parker, former staff at Chicago Wilderness and Forest Preserves of Cook County, current representative on the Brookfield Conservation Commission
  • Kristen Pratt, Sustainability Manager, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
  • Rita Renwick, President, Will County Audubon Society
  • Dan Roddewig, Executive Director, Belvidere Park District
  • Jan Roehll, DuPage County Program Director, The Conservation Foundation
  • Kim Roman, Natural Areas Preservation Specialist, Illinois Nature Preserves Commission
  • Debra Ruff, Executive/Education Director, Livingston County Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Norm Strasma, former Executive Director, Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley
  • Ed Weskerna, District Manager, McHenry County Soil & Water Conservation District