Green Neighborhood Grants

October 23, 2007


The Illinois Dept. of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) administers this program, which is designed to reimburse private developments for a portion of the cost associated with achieving *LEED certification. The program will operate under an annual request for proposals from the DCEO, which will then select up to 3 projects a year for reimbursement. Grants will be limited to 1.5% of the total development cost and no more than one grant may be set aside for applicants from a municipality with more than 1 million residents. Rules for this new program have not yet been developed, but the DCEO has been directed to submit the first request for proposals by Dec. 31, 2008. The program is subject to annual appropriations but is scheduled to continue in subsequent years. Potential applicants should note that this grant is designed as a reimbursement rather than an up-front grant for project construction. There are no guarantees that all completed and certified projects will receive a grant. *Click here for more information on the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Illinois
Incentive Type: Grant Program
Web Site:
Administrator: Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Water Heat
  • Solar Space Heat
  • Solar Thermal Electric
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Biomass
  • Geothermal Heat Pumps
  • Daylighting
  • Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
  • Hydroelectric (Small)
Incentive Amount: Varies
Maximum Incentive: 1.5% of project cost


Name: Public Act 095-0325
Date Enacted: 08/21/2007

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.