• Funding For 2023 Closed

    Sustain Evanston's Incentive Program grants small business and commercial property owners funding to implement sustainability measures that align with the goals of the City’s Climate Action & Resilience Plan while reducing their operating costs and better serving their customers.


    Program is expected to be available again in 2024.

  • In the fiscal year 2023 budget, the Evanston City Council approved an allocation of $250,000 to create a new Sustain Evanston Business Incentive Program that would provide a funding tool to assist small business and commercial property owners in implementing sustainability measures that align with the goals of the City's Climate Action & Resilience Plan (CARP). Grants will support sustainability-related projects, including, but not limited to waste management, energy, water, and green infrastructure.


    Grant awards range from $1,000 to $25,000, and matching funding may be required depending on the funding request. The application window is from April 22nd to August 31st, 2023. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible because applications are approved on a rolling basis and limited funding is available.
    Full Program Guidelines and Agreement can be found here.


    Who is Eligible?


    Commercial property owners



    Tenants of commercial buildings


    Business Districts


    Coalitions of businesses


  • What Types of Projects are Eligible?

    Equipment such as:
    • Containers
    • Reusable containers
    • Lighting/Fixtures
    • Appliances (dishwasher, refrigerator, induction stove)
    Capital Projects such as:
    • EV Charging Infrastructure
    • Waste Collection Enclosures
    • Balers/Compactors
    • Green Infrastructure
    • Green Roofs
    • Solar PV
    • Insulation
    • Windows
    • Heat pumps
    Education Materials such as:
    • Signage
    • Labels
    Services such as:
    • Composting Services
    • Recycling Services
    • Energy/Water Benchmarking Services
    • Consulting

    *Note: This is just an example list, project ideas beyond this list are encouraged.*


    Submit Questions Here:

  • Be Part of a Solution

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    Be Promoted

    Your business will gain recognition and receive promotional materials to display in your storefront window and online to show your customers you care.

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    Cash Incentive

    To reward your hard work and commitments, any business completing the program will receive $250.

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    Protect the Environment

    Making changes in how your business runs will conserve energy, reduce water, and protect our resources which will decrease your impact on climate change.

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    Support Evanston

    As Evanston strives to be the most livable city, businesses are at the heart of it. Making changes to be a sustainable business leads to a strengthened community and a better economy.