The City of Elgin has taken action at minimizing carbon emissions, sustaining the environment, and protecting natural resources, so that residents have a beautiful and safe community to live in, for generations to come.

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Sustainable Elgin Community Grant

Elgin Sustainability Commission (ESC) Sustainable Elgin Community Grant program is designed to encourage and support ideas that foster a more sustainable community within the City of Elgin. This program offers grant awards up to $1,500 which is for sustainability related projects, events, and programs.

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Ideas for Sustainable Elgin Community grants should support goals of the City’s Sustainability Action Plan, such as work to:

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions; 
  • Build a resilient, self-sustaining community; 
  • Protect, preserve, restore, and/or maintain the natural environment; and/or, 
  • Bring community members together to actively work to reduce their environmental impact. 

Grant projects, programs, and events must take place in Elgin, and include a component of community education and/or resident engagement. 

Funding may be awarded to Elgin residents, neighborhood groups, and local agencies. More on eligibility:

What is Sustainability?

Sustainability for Elgin, Illinois is a movement that complements community values to foster a cooperative spirit and reward efficient use of all resources locally, regionally, and globally; accomplished by incorporating the social, economic, and environmental objectives of our citizens into our policy, development, and culture.


Elgin's sustainability movement is guided by these principles:

  • To create a self sustaining community
  • To ensure that future generations can enjoy at least the same natural resources that we did
  • To preserve, minimize, and restore
  • To accept that we are one species among many
  • To evaluate current practices and policies to lessen our environmental footprint
  • To foster spaces that are healthy, energy efficient, and encourage community inter-connectivity


Kristin Youngmeyer | Sustainability Analyst | | 847-931-5615

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