New Grants Available for Energy Efficient School Lighting

New Grants Available for Energy Efficient School Lighting

By Peter P. Peters

Peter P. Peters Chair

James E. Mann Executive Director

www.illinoiscleanenergy.org

Illinois Clean Energy

community foundation

We are pleased to annoUnce a new grant program for Illinois schools. Public and private K-12 schools in Illinois may apply for funding from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation to upgrade existing lighting to be energy efficient ù thus, improving lighting quality in the classroom, saving energy, reducing operating costs and preventing pollution.

Three-quarters of Illinois residents want to see their local schools invest to become more energy efficient. They look to their schools to be energy efficiency leaders in their communities. These findings come from a statewide poll conducted by the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation last year.

Grant Size

The lighting upgrade grants currently available from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation are based on the electricity demand reduction achieved by your lighting upgrade project. The grants – up to $40,000 per school and $120,000 per school district ù are calculated at $1,000 per kilowatt (kW) of reduction in lighting _____ electricity demand. This is a level of support that frequently would pay for one-half to – ____ two-thirds or more of a projectÆs cost.

How tp ADDIV

Applications for lighting upgrade grants may be submitted any time this year, but we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. The initial application requires only a brief letter summarizing your project, as explained in the enclosed brochure.

All requests received by close of business on June 17, 2002 will be reviewed as a group. Requests received after that date will be reviewed on a first- come, first-served basis as long as funds are available.

For more information about these grant opportunities or to discuss a project idea before applying for funding, you may contact Bob Romo, Program Officer at the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, at 312-372-5191 or by e-mail at bromo@illinoiscleanenergy.org.

Thank you for your interest in the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation.

Sincerely,

Illinois Clean Energy community foundation 2 N. LaSalle St. ò Suite 950 Chicago, IL 60602 tel 312.372.5191 fax 312.372.5190

OTHER GRANTS FOR WHICH SCHOOLS MAY APPLY

In addition to providing grants to schools for lighting upgrade projects, the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation has other grant programs through which schools may apply for funding. Two programs support schools working to create ôgreenÆ school facilities:

Energy Efficient Design Renewable Energy Systems

Grants are available for the Grants will support installation

incremental costs of designing of solar photovoltaic systems,

or commissioning new facilities solar thermal systems and small to be highly energy efficient. wind turbine systems.

If you are interested in either of these grant programs, please check the FoundationÆs website at www.illinoiscleanenergy.org or call the Foundation and request a copy of the 2002 Program and Funding Guidelines.

About the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation

The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization that supports projects throughout Illinois to increase energy efficiency, expand the development of renewable energy resources and protect natural areas and wildlife habitats. The Foundation is supported by a private endowment.

Illinois Clean Energy

2 N LaSa lie St Suite 950ò Chicago IL 60602

312.372.5191 ò fax 312.372.5190

www.illinoiscleanenergy.org

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