This online application system will close at 5:00 p.m. Central Time on March 24, 2023. All applications must be submitted by this time. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Please review the Program Guidelines and Program FAQ before starting your online application.

All applications are completed and submitted through the online platform Submittable. Applicants are able to create an account or sign into an existing account at the bottom of this page.

Openlands is partnering with ComEd to administer the ComEd Green Region Grant. Recognizing that open space in our communities is crucial to the quality of our lives, ComEd has committed to supporting public agencies, non-profits, schools, school districts, and housing authorities of northern Illinois in ComEd’s service territory with their ongoing efforts to protect or improve public spaces for the benefit of all.

ComEd designed the ComEd Green Region Grant to assist local communities in these efforts by providing funding for some expenses towards these goals. Underlying the grant is ComEd’s endorsement of deliberate planning for open space protection to encourage the wisest use of scarce resources.

Grants of up to $10,000 support projects that focus on planning, acquisition, and improvements to open spaces accessible to the general public. Grant recipients can use ComEd Green Region grants in combination with other funding sources to cover a portion of the expenses associated with developing and/or supporting their open space programs. The 2023 grants cycle features a special program focus on both Climate Resiliency & Pollinator Conservation.

Visit to learn more about the 2023 ComEd Green Region Grant.

Note that the following attachments are required to complete an application:

  • Total project budget using the provided template
  • Documentation for secured matching funds
  • Applicant's Completed W-9

If you are unable to submit your application online, please contact the ComED Green Region Grant Administrator at

This Grantee Final Report is due within two months of the final expenditure of grant funds. All grant funds must be fully expended within 18 months of receipt of funds.

Grantees may upload supplementary documents as attachments to this grant report, to help reviewers understand the full scope of a project's implementation and impact. Please label all supplementary documents as "Attachment" and include the number of the question related to the attachment. For example, a supplementary document for Question 4 should be labeled "Attachment 4."