Efficient Housing Construction Grant

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Eligibility: 
Low Income Residential
Savings Category: 
Clothes Washers
Dishwasher
Refrigerators/Freezers
Ceiling Fan
Water Heaters
Lighting
Furnaces
Boilers
Heat Pumps
Air conditioners
Caulking/Weather-stripping
Duct/Air sealing
Building Insulation
Windows
Other EE
LED Lighting
Maximum Rebate: 

Varies based on housing type and size

Program Info
Sector Name: 
State
Administrator: 
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Funding Source: 

Energy Efficiency Trust Fund and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard

State: 
Illinois
Program Type: 
Grant Program
Rebate Amount: 

Varies based on housing type and size

Summary: 

Note: The Illinois DCEO programs are subject to the State appropriation process, and while the Department can accept and review applications, it will not be able to award funding, issue Notices to Proceed, or execute/modify grants until a State budget is finalized. When funding is available, it will be announced on the Program Announcements Section of the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity website.

The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) provides grants through the Energy Efficient Affordable Housing Construction Program. Under this program, grants are provided to Illinois based non-profit and for-profit housing developers to include energy efficient building practices in the rehab or new construction of affordable housing units. This grant helps offset the incremental cost of going from typical construction to energy-efficient construction. Applications are available on the program web site above.

Projects must be targeted at households at or below 80% Average Median Income (AMI). Pre-application meetings are encouraged. Maximum grant amounts are as follows:

Rehab:

  • Single Family: $4,650/unit
  • Multi-Family Buildings <80 units: $4.60/square foot of living space or $4,650, whichever is less
  • Multi-Family Building >80 units: $4.35/square foot of living space or $4,650, whichever is less

New Construction:

  • Single Family: $4,150/living unit
  • Duplex: $6,700/duplex
  • 3-flat: $7,800/building
  • 4-flat: $8,900/building
  • 5-flat: $11,500/building
  • Multi-Family, <80 units: $4.35/square foot of living space
  • Multi-Family, >80 units: $4.10/square foot of living space

First implemented in 1988, the program has an average energy savings range from 50% to 75%.