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East Central Illinois Nature-Based Climate Action Grants

Faith in Place is pleased to offer grants for houses of worship in East Central Illinois to implement nature-based climate action projects during 2022. Eligible grant projects include planting native trees, restoring prairie, or other carbon-sequestration naturalized landscaping on properties owned by houses of worship. Projects can be implemented in East Central Illinois cities, towns, and rural areas; and project sizes can range from small in-town lots to multi-acre sites. Grants are anticipated to range from $2,000 – $6,000. A total of 6 – 8 grants will be awarded. 

Application Deadline: Thursday, March 31, 2022, at 11:59 PM Central Time

To be eligible for a grant, you must be:
•    a house of worship – a church, synagogue, mosque, temple, or another faith institution

•    located in one of the following eligible East Central Illinois counties: Bond, Champaign, Christian, Clark, Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Macon, Montgomery, Moultrie, Piatt, Sangamon, Shelby, or Vermilion

•    have a nature-based climate action project idea that you want to implement in one or more of the eligible East Central Illinois counties

•    own property where your project can be completed by early fall 2022

•    your house of worship must have an existing Green Team or be willing to start one during 2022  

•    must be willing to collaborate with Faith in Place to co-host at least two free community events (online or in person) about your project in 2022

•    must be willing to track data about your project, including the number of volunteers involved, the number of acres impacted, and the number of trees planted   

•    must be willing to submit a final project report to Faith in Place by September 15, 2022

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