ComEd and Openlands will award grants from the ComEd Green Region Program to 25 recipients, including the villages of Downers Grove, Berwyn and Glen Ellyn as well as the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, according to a news release.
The grantees will each receive up to $10,000 for open-space projects that focus on conservation, preservation and improvements to local parks and recreation resources.
This marks the fifth year that ComEd is partnering with Openlands, one of the oldest metropolitan conservation organizations in the nation. This year's grant cycle focused on projects that help pollinators, such as butterflies and bees, the news release said.
Earlier this year, municipalities throughout northern Illinois submitted grant applications, and an advisory committee composed of county government officials and members of the region's non-profit land conservation community reviewed the applications.
The selected projects include:
Proksa Park Butterfly Garden, Village of Berwyn: This project will re-establish pollinator habitat in the urban setting of Proksa Park and provide educational signage about pollinators.
Communal Pollinator Garden at Belmont Train Station, Village of Downers Grove: This project will create a pollinator garden on village-owned property adjacent to the Belmont Avenue train station, promoting long-term, community-based conservation initiatives with native plants and educational signage in this high-visibility location.
Pollinator Habitat Restoration at Night Heron Marsh Forest Preserve, Forest Preserve District of DuPage County: In conjunction with the regional Fox Valley Monarch Corridor Project partnership to build a 975-acre pollinator habitat corridor, this project will restore 25 acres of wetland and prairie as part of a potential 76-acre pollinator habitat area.
Village of Glen Ellyn Pollinator Meadow Mix Pilot Program: This project will improve storm water management, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support sustainability for native plants and pollinators by replacing turf grass with pollinator meadow mix in various locations throughout the community.