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Page last updated on January 30, 2023 at 1:25 pm

About the 2023 Solar, Energy Efficiency, & Lighting (SEEL) Program

The 2023 SEEL program provides grant funding and technical assistance for nonprofits, community organizations, and small businesses to improve building efficiency and install solar. Eligible projects for funding under the 2023 SEEL program fall into two application tracks: energy efficiency or solar grants. See below for more information on eligibility and how to apply below. 


Applications for the 2023 program will be accepted on a rolling basis starting January 18th, 2023. When capacity is reached for a cohort, the application portal will close until the cohort deadline has passed. One application will be accepted per organization for either energy efficiency or solar grants. Applications from past SEEL participants are welcome.


Start an application on the online portal. Prospective applicants to the SEEL program attended a hybrid information session hosted by the City of Bloomington on January 18th at 12:00pm in the McCloskey Conference Room and on Zoom. Watch the recording of the 2023 SEEL Information Session here.


Energy Efficiency and Solar Application Deadlines: 

  • Cohort 1 Applications Open: January 18th
  • Cohort 1 Application Deadline: February 24th 
  • Cohort 2 Application Deadline: May 15th
  • Cohort 3 Application Deadline: August 14th

For an overview of the application and participation process, please see the "How to Apply" instructions attached below and reference the flowchart in the pages below for each grant type. For additional information about the program, please email 


Eligible Organizations

  • Nonprofits: tax exempt (501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), or 501(c)(6)) organizations are eligible for the program. Employee benefit associations, social welfare organizations, and business leagues are also eligible. 
    • Note: Religious organizations are eligible to participate for facilities that are non-proselytizing and do not promote religious doctrine or instruction. 
  • Schools: schools must be categorized as tax exempt charitable organizations. 
  • Early Childhood Centers: child care centers or early education centers must be categorized as not for profit organizations. 
  • Libraries: libraries must be categorized as tax-exempt. 
  • Healthcare facilities: healthcare facilities must be categorized as not for profit organizations.
  • Grocery stores: grocery stores must be categorized as nonprofit organizations.
  • Businesses: Small businesses are defined as those having less than 500 full-time employees, and meet the additional qualifications below. 

Other governmental and for-profit residential property management entities are not eligible for this program.

Eligible organizations must also:

  • Own or rent a facility located within Bloomington city limits. Organizations that rent their facility must have the owner of the facility provide permission to participate in the program.
  • Facility must be a minimum of 3,000 square feet.
  • Have at least one part or full time staff member to serve as the program point of contact. 

Grant availability is based on program capacity and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis by the dates listed on the information pages below. If capacity is reached in a cohort, the application portal will close until the cohort deadline has passed. Grants are subject to availability until funding is exhausted for 2023. 

For more information about energy efficiency grants visit:

For more information about solar grants visit:


Updated 01/05/2023