School Business Services

School Energy Efficiency Project Grant

The School Energy Efficiency Project Grant application process is closed and no future funding is expected at this time.

If any future School Energy Efficiency Project Grant money becomes available we will notify the School District Superintendent, Charter School and Joint Agreement Administrators by email and through the ISBE Weekly News from the State Superintendent.

Eligible Applicants: Any LEA (school district, charter school, public university laboratory school approved the ISBE, area vocational center, or special education cooperative).

Energy Efficiency Project means any improvement, repair alteration, or betterment of any building or facility owned or operated by an eligible applicant. Any equipment fixture, or furnishing to be added to or used in any building or facility subject to the building  code authorized in Section 2-3.12 of the School Code [105 ILCS 5/2-3.12]. See IL Admin Code 180, (page 23) items designed to reduce energy consumption and may include, without limitation, one or more of the following:

Approvable Items:

Determining the Awards

Awards are determined first by submitting an application that meets all requirements and second by ranking those applicants current need index, granting awards starting with the highest to the lowest until the funds run out.

Required During and After Completion of the Project:

School Energy Grant Application Rules

Illinois Energy Now Rebate Program Incentives

Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity Program

Many school projects may be eligible for additional incentives on the purchase and installation of qualifying equipment from the Illinois Energy Now rebate program offered through the Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO).  The Illinois Energy Now rebate program could provide matching funds.  However, schools are required to identify those prior to receipt of School Energy Efficiency Grant awards.

Schools applying for DECO’s Illinois Energy Now Energy Efficiency rebate program must receive electric delivery service from ComEd or Ameren Illinois wires and/or natural gas delivery service from Ameren Illinois, Nicor, Peoples or North Shore Gas (regardless of the retail electric supplier and/or natural gas supplier).

To find out if your project is eligible visit ILLINOIS ENERGY NOW.