School Business Services
School Energy Efficiency Project Grant
Now Accepting School Energy Efficiency Grant Applications:
Starting Monday September 23, 2013 and Ending Wednesday, November 27, 2013.
Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) would like to announce that the School Energy Efficiency Project Grants (SEEG) is now open to Local Educational Agencies (LEA), to submit applications for a grant of up to $250,000. In FY 2010 the Governor signed the Capital Bill providing $50 million for Energy Efficiency Grants. In 2011, round one, $30,000,000 of that bill was awarded and distributed to 158 districts. In round two, there is a remaining sum of $20,000,000 to be awarded in early 2014.
ISBE will accept multiple applications in order of priority. However, in round one, ISBE will review only one application per round. All grants awarded will be based on the highest to lowest level of need index. In order for the application to be reviewed, all documentation must be submitted with authorized signatures. The grant will be awarded to the applicant and therefore the applicant will be the responsible party to assure all grant rules are followed.
Eligible Applicants: Any LEA (school district, charter school, public university laboratory school approved the ISBE, area vocational center, or special education cooperative).
Important to Know Before Submitting the School Energy Efficiency Grant Application:
- The Architect/Licensed Professional Engineer will create the grant application and design of the projects in IWAS on behalf of the LEA;
- Grants requesting the full amount of $250,000 will comply with the Business Enterprise Practices (BEP) for minority-owned businesses, female-owned businesses, and businesses owned by persons with disabilities of the Business Enterprise for Minorities, Females, and Persons with Disabilities (Act (30 ILCS 575/) and the equal employment practices of Section 2-105 of the Illinois Human Rights Act (775 ILCS 5/2-105)
- The applicant will provide local matching funds in an amount equal to the grant;
- Grant funds are ONLY used for projects approved in the application. Modifications are NOT allowed after the deadline submission date and the grant approval date (whichever comes first). Please be cognizant of this when filling out your application;
- Grants are prioritized and ranked according to their Need Index. The Need Index of the district is determined by a formula that uses the Equalized Assessed Value (EAV) and the best three Month Average Daily Attendance (ADA) of the district in comparison to the other districts of that type. Grants are then awarded to the highest need district down the list until funds have been exhausted;
- Project work will not start before submitting the grant application to ISBE;
- The Local Board of Education will authorize and approve the application during a duly convened meeting and before the application can be submitted in IWAS;
- All required original documentation will be signed, seal stamped, and submitted before the grant award can be approved; and
- Each application will only include multiple projects for one building or the same project(s) for multiple buildings.
Energy Efficiency Project Definition: 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:
- Insulation of the building envelope, structure or systems within the building:
- Storm windows or doors;
- Caulking or weather stripping;
- Multi-glazed windows or doors;
- Heat absorbing or heat reflective glazed area;
- Other window and door system modifications to reduce energy consumption;
- Automated or computerized energy control systems;
- Heating, ventilating, air conditioning or HVAC system repairs or replacement (does not include initial installations);
- Replacement or modification of lighting fixtures to increase energy efficiency of the lighting system without increasing illumination of a facility, unless illumination is necessary to conform to the applicable building code for the lighting system after the proposed modification are made;
- Energy recovery systems;
- Energy conservation measures to provide long-term cost reductions;
- Alternative energy systems, including but not limited to wind power or solar power systems; and
- Other projects designed to reduce the consumption or use of energy.
Important to Know During and After Completion of the Project:
- Quarterly expenditure reports will be required even though the project has yet to start at the end of that quarter. A notice with the attached form and instructions will be emailed to the award recipient at the end of each quarter.
- A final expenditure report will be required and submitted within 20 days of completing the project.
- All grant funds must be expended or legally obligated within two years of disbursement or will be returned to ISBE within 45 days.
- If the actual project expenditures are less than expected so that amount of the grant is greater than 50% of the total project expenditures, then the applicant will refund the amount of the grant that is in excess of 50% of actual project expenditures.
- IWAS system
- Grant Application
- 23 IL Administrative Code Subtitle A-Subpart C: School Energy Efficiency Project Grants If you have any questions please contact Debbie Hemberger in School Business Services Division at email@example.com or call at 217/785-8779.
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.