- What is the deadline to submit applications?
- When will we be notified if our application was approved for a grant?
- What attachments are required with the application?
- Who is eligible to apply?
- Can I apply if I applied in past years and was denied funding?
- Can I apply if I applied in past years and received funding?
- Can a non-profit organization apply?
- Can other units of government such as school districts or housing authorities apply?
- Can a different applicant apply for a different piece of a project that received an award in the previous year?
- Who will be issued the grant check?
- Can we use the funds to pay interns?
- Are administrative costs eligible?
- Is wetlands restoration eligible?
- Are environmental education activities eligible?
- Are there restrictions on timing related to when you spend the match?
- Can the funds be used retroactively?
Submitting Your Application
- How can I submit my application?
- How do I create an account to submit my application online?
- How do I login to the online application system?
- Can I save my application and return to it at a later time to finish and submit?
- How do I check the status of my application?
- What does my submission status mean?
- How do I withdraw my submission?
- If I am unable to submit via the online system, can I submit my application through email?
- What are the next steps after receiving grant funds?
- What is a Receipt of Funds letter?
- Where should I send the Receipt of Funds letter?
- When do I need to submit the grant report?
- Where can I find a copy of the grant report form?
- What is the resolution requirement in the grant report?
The submission deadline is March 26, 2021. The online system will close at 5pm Central Time on this date.
By early July a notification will be sent to the contact person listed on your application.
The application requires both a project budget and a list of matching funds (secured and pending).
Eligible applicants include townships, counties, park districts, conservation districts, forest preserve districts, and municipalities-including municipal entities such as water reclamation districts- within ComEd’s service territory (please see map) in the following counties: Boone, Bureau, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Ford, Grundy, Henry, Iroquois, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, Livingston, Marshall, McHenry, Ogle, Rock Island, Stephenson, Whiteside, Will, Winnebago and Woodford. Non-profit organizations and all other units of government not mentioned above (such as schools, school districts, and housing authorities) are ineligible, but are encouraged to partner with an eligible applicant.
Applicants are eligible to reapply if they have fully completed their grant requirements, including, but not limited to, submitting their final grant report with all required attachments (resolution, expense reports, etc.) Applicants cannot submit a new application for 2021 if it is a continuation of an already funded project. Preference will be given to projects that have not previously received funding.
Non-profit organizations are not eligible, but are strongly encouraged to partner with an eligible applicant on joint projects to apply for funding. Also, check back during the next grant cycle as the guidelines may change.
Other units of government (such as schools, school districts, and housing authorities) are not eligible, but are strongly encouraged to partner with an eligible applicant on joint projects to apply for funding. Also, check back during the next grant cycle as the guidelines may change.
Yes, there are no limits or waiting periods that apply on a “Project” basis.
All communication, including notification and distribution of grant funds, will be directed to the contact person listed on your application.
No. Interns are considered staff, who cannot be funded through this program.
Yes, as long as they are open to the public and not affiliated with regulatory requirements.
There are no restrictions.
Retroactive reimbursement for costs accrued between the application deadline and the grant award may be allowed on a case-by-case basis. All requests for such reimbursement must be made in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. It is not guaranteed that such requests will be approved.
Submitting your Application
To apply for the ComEd Green Region Program, go to http://openlands.submittable.com/submit. You will be asked to create a free account to begin the submission process.
Go to https://manager.submittable.com/login/ to create your account.
To sign in with an existing account go here: https://manager.submittable.com/login/ Enter your email address and password. If you do not remember your password, you can use the “Forgot your password?” link on the login form. Or, follow the direct link below to reset your password: https://manager.submittable.com/account/forgotpassword
Yes. Applications are saved securly. Only those with your login information and the Green Region Administrator can access your application. You may return to your saved application as many times as you need to before you submit.
You can check the status of your submission by signing in here: https://manager.submittable.com/login. If you do not remember your password, you can reset it here: https://manager.submittable.com/account/forgotpassword
Your Submittable application is marked with one of 3 statuses:
- Received: Your submission has been successfully submitted and is in queue for review.
- In-Progress: Your submission has been received and additionally handled in some way (e.g. assigned to a reviewer)
- Withdrawn: You have withdrawn your submission from consideration.
You can withdraw an active application at any time. Log into your account by going to https://manager.submittable.com/login.
- Choose the Submissions tab in the main navigation bar or click your user name in the upper right-hand corner of the screen and select My Submissions.
- Click the Withdraw link next to the title of the submission you want to withdraw.
- Type a Reason for withdrawal that will be received by the organization from which you’re withdrawing the submission.
- Click the Withdraw button. Your submission status will now be set to Withdrawn.
I am having trouble attaching/uploading file(s) on the submission form. What do I do?
Submittable will try to detect which method of upload will work best for your browser. If you are not having any luck, please try these steps:
- Check if the file you are trying to attach to the submission form is one of the types that Submittable accepts. You can find the acceptable file types listed to the right of the Select Files button.
- If the form still will not allow you to attach your document, click the “Trouble attaching files? Click here” link to the right of the Select Files button.
- The page will refresh the form and set your account to another uploading method. Try clicking the Select File button again to attach your file(s).
- We do our best to maintain backwards compatibility with older browser versions. However, you will always have the best experience if your browser is updated to the latest version.
- If you continue to have trouble, please contact email@example.com and describe in as much detail as possible what is happening to you. If there is an error message on the screen, please specify the message.
In certain limited cases other formats may be accepted. Please contact the Green Region Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org to request approval.
Once these documents are received, grantees can begin their projects. Grantees have 18 months from receiving the grant funds to fully expend the funds.
What is a Receipt of Funds letter?
A Receipt of Funds letter simply acknowledges that the ComEd Green Region Grant was received by your public agency. The letter should be written on official letterhead, dated and must reference the municipality, grant amount and project title. A sample of Receipt of Funds letter is available here.
Mail or email the letter to the following address:
ComEd Green Region Program Administrator
25 E. Washington Street, Suite 1650
Chicago, IL 60602
Grant reports are due two months after the final expenditure of grant funds. All grant funds must be fully expended by 18 months from the time the grant was received.
The online submission form is available here.
Please note: The resolution must be completed and approved BEFORE the project begins. All grantees must include an attachment of their resolution with their receipt of funds letter and W-9, showing that elected officials have approved the project and the expenditure of funds necessary for its success. Board meeting minutes are not a substitute for a resolution. A form resolution is available for download here.