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Funding opportunity: Powering Safe Communities grant program

Beecher generator

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The Village of Beecher will install a generator for its village hall with the money it received from the 2016 ComEd and Metropolitan Mayors Caucus Powering Safe Communities Grant program. The generator will provide back-up power in the event of an emergency requiring activation of the village’s Emergency Operations Center located in the Village Hall.

The Powering Safe Communities grant program will award grants of up to $10,000 to support municipal public safety initiatives throughout the ComEd region.  ComEd provides the funds and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus is the grant program administrator.  Applications will be due by March 15, 2017.

To apply, please click here.

Goals: The Powering Safe Communities grant program specifically seeks to:

  1. Enhance the quality of life in cities, villages, and towns in the ComEd region and among Metropolitan Mayors Caucus member communities;

  2. Enable local governments to provide for the health and safety of their residents and visitors;

  3. Address unmet public safety needs;

  4. Leverage additional resources to efficiently deliver public safety programs and services;

  5. Enable the use of technology to improve public safety and emergency response;

  6. Provide for the safety of the greatest number of people and vulnerable populations;

  7. Foster collaboration and cooperation in the community to create a culture of safety and wellness as referenced in the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus’ Greenest Region Compact 2;

  8. Demonstrate innovation, professionalism and cost-effective strategies;

  9. Support leadership in public safety and activities that lead to recognition and accreditation;

  10. Build community resiliency and enhance preparedness;

  11. Improve public safety relative to the use and distribution of electricity.


Municipalities, townships, counties, and other local  governments that provide for the safety of the public within ComEd’s service territory are eligible to apply. Not-for-profit organizations are eligible if they partner with at least one municipality.

Applicants must be in good standing with ComEd related to provision of utilities.  Previous recipients of a Powering Safe Communities grant are ineligible. For reference, please click here to view the Powering Safe Communities 2017 Grant Guidelines. For more information, please contact Edith Makra, Director of Environmental Initiatives, at 312-201-4506 or For the full list of 2016 Powering Safe Communities grant recipients, please click here.

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