School Energy Efficiency Grant Program

February 11, 2016


Note: The School Energy Efficiency Project Grant application process is closed and no future funding is expected at this time.

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is offering $50 Million in Energy Efficiency Matching Grants for Illinois Schools over the next two fiscal years. The initial round of grants opened on October 12, 2010 and concluded with applications due on or before January 15, 2011.

The ISBE Energy Efficiency Grants are a dollar-for-dollar state matching grant program for energy efficiency projects in schools. All state funded educational institutions within the state of Illinois are eligible. Grant awards are available up to $250,000 and can be used for insulation, windows, doors, energy controls, lighting, energy recovery, energy conservation, alternative energy systems and other projects designed to reduce energy consumption.

Application Process
Grant applicants may obtain application materials and instructions through the ISBE Web Application Security portal (IWAS). Upon completion, applications will be submitted to the school district for review and submission to the Regional Office of Education. The Regional Office of Education will then review the application and submit it to the Illinois State Board of Education.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Illinois
Incentive Type: Grant Program
Web Site:
Administrator: Illinois State Board of Education
Start Date: 10/12/2010
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar - Passive
  • Geothermal Electric
  • Solar Thermal Electric
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Biomass
  • Combined Heat & Power
  • Equipment Insulation
  • Lighting
  • Lighting Controls/Sensors
  • Chillers
  • Furnaces
  • Boilers
  • Heat pumps
  • Air conditioners
  • Heat recovery
  • Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls
  • Caulking/Weather-stripping
  • Duct/Air sealing
  • Building Insulation
  • Windows
  • Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
  • Wind (Small)
  • Other Distributed Generation Technologies
Maximum Incentive: $250,000


This program has 1 incentives
Technologies: Solar - Passive, Geothermal Electric, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Biomass, Combined Heat & Power, Equipment Insulation, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Chillers, Furnaces, Boilers, Heat pumps, Air conditioners, Heat recovery, Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls, Caulking/Weather-stripping, Duct/Air sealing, Building Insulation, Windows, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Wind (Small), Other Distributed Generation Technologies
Sectors: Schools
Parameters: The incentive has a minimum of $250.00


Name: Kimberly Beachy
Organization: Illinois State Board of Education
Address: 100 N. 1st Street
Springfield IL 62777
Phone: (217) 782-4321

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.