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The community projects carried out as part of the Chicago Community Climate Action Toolkit—in Forest Glen, South Chicago, Pilsen, and Bronzeville—were funded and supported through a variety of sources. Project budgets ranged from $8,000 to $17,000. The vast majority of the funds were provided through a grant from Boeing to The Field Museum, which included budget lines for community project stipends.
Field Museum staff and community partners also secured additional funds and assistance through a variety of creative ways, such as:
Leveraging other grants and connections:
Seeking technical assistance:
Below is a list of funding sources for local climate action, sustainability, or environmental projects. Browse through some of these websites to see if these sources might be a good fit for your work. Remember to think creatively when it comes to funding and other resources: because climate action projects can serve so many purposes at once, you may find a grant in a non-environmental category (such as community or economic development) that could fund your project. Start with the Chicago Conservation Corps, which provides an extensive list of programs and funding sources for sustainability initiatives:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The EPA also offers a guidebook for funding environmental protection initiatives.
And a guide to funding stormwater management projects using green infrastructure.
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)
Illinois State Treasurer’s Office Green Energy Program
Sustain Our Great Lakes
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE)
Other Lists & Databases
Illinois Grant Watch
Great Lakes Information Network
Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation
Grand Victoria Foundation
Chicago Community Trust
Tasting Cultures Foundation
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
Whole Kids Foundation
The Walmart Foundation