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95 Applicants Awarded the 2014 School Energy Efficiency Grant! new

Complete application list PDF format ranking from the highest need index to the lowest need index

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:

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:

Approvable Items:

Important to Know During and After Completion of the Project:

IWAS SEEG Application Instructions PDF format

SEEG Priority Ranking Listing - Round 1

Excel spreadsheet


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.