Potential Funding Opportunities

This page lists energy efficiency-related funding opportunities for building improvements, infrastructure development, education, and workforce development. It is directed towards community action agencies, community-based organizations, community non-profits, and public housing authorities who are looking for ways to engage more in energy efficiency.

Are you aware of a funding opportunity that we have not listed? Contact Linda Larsen at lflarsen@illinois.edu and we'll add this opportunity to our list, which we update regularly. Thanks for helping us keep the list up to date!

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Building Improvement and Infrastructure Development Grants

  • Funding organization: HUD/IL DCEO
  • Description: There are a variety of different grant types for public infrastructure, housing rehabilitation, economic development, and disaster response.
  • Eligibility: Must be in low-income areas.
  • Submission date: August 3, 2021.
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Funding organization: USDA

Description: This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings. Can be used to purchase, construct, or improve essential community facilities, purchase equipment and pay related project expenses. Funds are available as grants, low-interest direct loans, or a combination of the two.

Eligible entities: Public bodies, community-based non-profit corporations, Federally-recognized Tribes.

Due date: Open (rolling applications accepted?)

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Funding organization: IL Clean Energy Community Foundation

Description: Applicants may apply for up to $2M or 80% of the incremental costs to achieve net zero energy for existing or new buildings (through energy efficiency improvements & renewables). Funding also helps defray costs of certification, measurement, verification, educational displays, and signage.

Due date: Pre-proposal due July 20, 2021

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  • Funding organization: Home Depot Foundation
  • Description: Supports new construction or rehabilitation of multi-family, permanent supportive housing for veterans. Covers physical construction costs. At least 20% of housing units must be reserved for veterans, and the target population must be at or below 80% AMI.
  • Due date: July 9, 2021
  • Funding organization: HUD
  • Eligible entities: non-profit organizations
  • Description: Supports rehabilitation and modification of housing for veterans who are low-income and have disabilities
  • Due date: July 30, 2021
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  • Funding organization: USDA
  • Eligible entities: state, local governmental entities, nonprofit organizations
  • Description: Provides grants for the repair or rehabilitation of housing owned or occupied by low- and very-low-income rural citizens.
  • Pre-application due July 19, 2021
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Funding organization: USDA

Description: Assists energy providers and other eligible entities in lowering energy costs for families and individuals in areas with extremely high per-household energy costs. Funds can be used for implementation of energy efficiency improvements and conservation measures, among other improvements.

Eligible organizations: Most retail or power supply providers serving eligible rural areas, including: State and local governmental entities, Federally-recognized Tribes and Tribal entities, Non-profits, including cooperatives and limited dividend or mutual associations, For-profit businesses.

Max funding per award: $3,000,000

Due date: July 6, 2021

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Education, Workforce, and Community Grants

Funding Organization: US Environmental Protection Agency

Description: Provides funding for environmental education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship and help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment.

Eligibility: Must be a local education agency, environmental agency, college or university, non-profit, tribal education agency.

Due date: Not accepting applications at this time.

Learn more: Environmental Education (EE) Grants | Environmental Education (EE) | US EPA

Funding organization: US EPA

Description: Supports community-driven projects designed to engage, educate and empower communities to better understand local environmental and public health issues and develop strategies for addressing those issues, building consensus in the community, and setting community priorities. Priority for projects focusing on COVID-19 impacts and climate and disaster resiliency.

Eligibility: Non-profits, US territories, tribal governments, etc.

Funding cap: $75,000

Due date: 6/1/2021; stay tuned for future application dates

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Funding organization: US EPA

Description: Provides financial assistance to eligible organizations working on or planning to work on projects to address local environmental and/or public health issues in their communities. The program assists recipients in building collaborative partnerships with other stakeholders (e.g., local businesses and industry, local government, medical service providers, academia, etc.) to develop solutions that will significantly address environmental and/or public health issue(s) at the local level.

Max funding per award: $160,000

Due date: 5/7/2021; Stay tuned for future due dates.

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Funding organization: US EPA, HUD

Description: Supports collaborative efforts to determine how to best target housing, economic and workforce development, and infrastructure investments to create more jobs and regional economic activity.

Max funding per award: $5,000,000

Due date: Not accepting applications at this time.

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Funding organization: USDA

Description: This program is designed to provide technical assistance and training for small rural businesses. Small means that the business has fewer than 50 new workers and less than $1 million in gross revenue. Funding can be used for training and technical assistance, acquisition or development of land; construction, renovation, pollution control, distance adult learning for job training, and more.

Eligible organizations: Towns, communities, state agencies, nonprofit corporations, rural coops, etc.

Due date: Not accepting applications at this time.

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  • Funding organization: Wells Fargo Foundation
  • Eligible entities: nonprofits, governmental agencies, public school system
  • Description: Wide range of activities are considered that align with their strategic objectives. Most grants are under $25K.
  • Due date: Applications accepted on a rolling basis
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