Grant Assistance


Projects that incorporate green development strategies into site development and buildings are excellent candidates for a wide variety of public and private foundation funding.  Our staff has extensive established networks with many of these entities and regularly prepares grant applications and administers the funding process through project completion. Numerous funding programs are available that provide cost assistance in design, implementation, and management.  We often help clients use existing resources as “matching funds” to help expand the scope of their projects.  

Specific grant related services that CDF offers include: research, writing, preparation of planning and design exhibits, and long-term research, coordination and follow-up with the funding entity.

To help with research and funding opportunities CDF developed a sister company, Conservation Research Institute (CRI). CRI is a private not-for-profit corporation, that seeks to improve the understanding of citizens about the complexities of our culture's relationship to the earth and its resources. Accurate up to date research helps the development community plan better projects when combined with a land use ethic. CRI can play a key role in soliciting grant funding for projects based on principles of sustainability.


Here is a sample of the grants we have successfully helped our clients achieve:


  • US EPA, Illinois Green Infrastructure Grant
  • US EPA, Section 319(h)

  • Chicago Wilderness Grants

  • The Conservation Fund and the US Fish and Wildlife Service Grant
  • DuPage County Water Quality Improvement Program
  • Illinois EPA, Illinois Green Infrastructure Grant
  • Illinois Department of Agriculture Conservation Practices, Streambank Stabilization and Restoration Practice Grant

  • Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Great Lakes Coastal Restoration Grant

  • Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development

  • Illinois Department of Transportation, Green Communities Grant

  • Illinois Tomorrow Grant
  • Iowa Department of Agriculture, I-Jobs grant program

  • Iowa Department of Economic Development, Community Development Block Grant Program

  • Iowa Department of Economic Development, Main Street Challenge Grant Program

  • Iowa Department of Natural Resources State Revolving Fund, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

  • Iowa Department of Transportation, RISE Grant program

  • Iowa Valley Resource Conservation and Development Land Stewardship Grant

  • Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development (OSLAD)
  • Soil and Water Conservation District - SSRP Grant






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Kresge Foundation Headquarters Permeable Pavement




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Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital Surgical Pavilion

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