The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus  is a membership organization of the Chicago region’s 275 cities, towns and villages. Founded in 1997 by then Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and leading Mayors from nine suburban municipal groups, the Mayors Caucus pushes past geographical boundaries and local interests to work on public policy issues. The Caucus provides a forum for metropolitan Chicago’s chief elected officials to collaborate on common problems and work toward a common goal of improving the quality of life for the millions of people who call the region home. 

The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus' Diversity Issues Task Force is exploring steps that municipalities can take to better address diversity, equity, and inclusion. This might include reviewing and revising internal policies and procedures that reinforce inequities within municipal operations; assessing social service gaps to ensure that vulnerable residents are receiving the support they need; or establishing a citizen commission to advise local actions related to equity and inclusion and improve relations with the community. 

In discussions with local leaders, it became apparent that many communities are engaging with consultants to help facilitate this work. To support these efforts, the Mayors Caucus is creating a Consultant and Facilitator Directory to act as a resource for communities looking to bring in external expertise.

If you are interested in being featured in this directory, please fill out this form. For questions, please contact Katie Friedman, kfriedman@mayorscaucus.org. Thank you! 


To express interest in participating in the Community Solar Clearinghouse Solution (CS2) Program for Residents, then please fill out this form. Filling out this form is the first step in the process. Once completed, please schedule a brief consultation with Mark Pruitt of the Power Bureau at markjpruitt@thepowerbureau.com or 219-921-3828. 

This site will also allow you to upload documents later in the process, like the approved municipal resolution, utility bill for mailing list cost reimbursement, and required marketing designation documentation. 

For information on the next steps of the process, go to our CS2 webpage at https://mayorscaucus.org/initiatives/environment/community-solar-clearinghouse-solution-program-cs2program/. 

Hello, and thank you for your interest in the Greenest Region Corps! Applications for 2021-2022 positions will be posted later this year. A timeline for selection and placement of positions will be shared when the application is posted.


Across the Chicago Region, communities are voluntarily taking steps to become more sustainable and help make their communities attractive places to live and work. These steps are outlined in the Greenest Region Compact (GRC), a partnership between the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus (Caucus) and the 131+ municipalities working every day as stewards of the environment, community and local economy. To learn more about the GRC, please visit: http://mayorscaucus.org/initiatives/environment/rec/ 

The Greenest Region Corps (GRCorps) is a partnership between the Caucus and AmeriCorps that pairs enthusiastic volunteers with GRC communities for approximately 11 months (1,720 hours) to lead sustainability projects. AmeriCorps volunteers will be recruited and administered by the Caucus but will be placed directly in one of twelve GRC community locations.  The volunteer will work for a GRC community on sustainability projects that will result in greater environmental awareness and stewardship. In addition, volunteers will receive training and mentoring from staff at the USEPA Region 5 Office in Chicago.  Volunteers will be paid a living allowance of $18,000 and will be provided health insurance. Upon completion of the program, volunteers will be eligible for a Segal AmeriCorps Educational Award of approximately $6,345. To learn more about AmeriCorps and the benefits of serving, please visit: https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-programs/americorps-network

The GRCorps program is currently in its third year.  Read more about current member’s experiences and projects here: https://mayorscaucus.org/greenest-region-corps/


Complete the pre-application by typing your answers in the boxes. Fields with an asterisk indicate a required field before the form can be submitted. 


If you have any questions, please contact:

Katie Friedman, Project Manager, at kfriedman@mayorscaucus.org 

Edith Makra, Director of Environmental Initiatives at the Caucus, at emakra@mayorscaucus.org


The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus and ComEd are proud to partner to launch the first of its kind “Powering the Holidays” grant program. Recognizing the power holidays can have on a community, ComEd has partnered with the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus to launch the ComEd Powering the Holidays Program. This pilot program awards grants of up to $2,500 throughout ComEd’s service territory for community-based holiday lighting events. Applications will be accepted from July 19th – September 10th. To apply, simply create an account and follow the instructions provided along side your application. You can also view the grant guidelines here.

Key Dates

Application Opens: July 19th, 2021, 7:00 a.m. Central Time
Application Deadline: September 10th, 2021, 11:59 p.m. Central Time

The grant can be used for any holiday lighting event from November 1, 2021 – February 13, 2021.


Goals

The ComEd Powering the Holidays Program aims to:

(1) celebrate community identity and culture;

(2) provide an opportunity for intercultural exchange and understanding;

(3) foster respect and open-mindedness for different cultures;

(4) develop an appreciation, understanding and respect for what is important to neighbors and others in their community;

(5) and provide a pathway for people to gain a sense of belonging to their community.

Eligibility

Powering the Holidays will provide grants of up to $2,500 for community based lighting holiday events. Grant recipients must use their funds for any holiday between November 1, 2021 – February 13, 2021.

Municipalities, townships, counties, and other local governments located within ComEd’s service territory (see map) in the following counties: Boone, Bureau, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Ford, Grundy, Henry, Iroquois, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, Livingston, Marshall, McHenry, Ogle, Rock Island, Stephenson, Whiteside, Will, Winnebago and Woodford.

Not-for-profit organizations and cultural institutions are eligible to apply if they partner with at least one municipality. Not-for-profit organizations and cultural institution applications must demonstrate municipal support to be considered for funding.

All events must adhere to federal, state, and local policies. Events are strongly encouraged to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. All events must be deemed safe by authorities.

All events must provide an opportunity for attendance by the general public. Events can be private and have attendance caps, but the general public must be able to attend an event or community-based holiday configuration for free on occasion.

Sustainability and efficiency are key values to ComEd and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus; therefore, applicants must demonstrate a reuse case for the holiday event. The grant cannot be used as a “one-off” occasion.

Applicants must match at least 20% for the event. Please contact Brian Tomkins  if your community is facing financial hardship and is unable to provide the 20% match. We reserve the right to waive this match on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants must be in good standing with ComEd related to provision of utilities.

Grant Conditions

Grants will be for the amounts of up to $2,500. Grant recipients must use funds for any holiday between November 1, 2021 – February 13, 2021.

During the grant period, award recipients will agree to participate in media or press interactions

All events must follow all federal, state, and local policies to ensure the safety and health of attendees.

Successful applicants will be notified of a grant award and will enter into a grant agreement with the Metropolitan Mayor Caucus.

Reimbursement payments will be made promptly by the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus upon completion of the final report. Final reports can be submitted by March 1, 2022 or earlier. Failure to submit a final grant report with all the required attachments by the posted deadline may prohibit applicants from participating in any future grant cycles.

The administrator of the Powering Safe Communities program is the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus. 

Decisions on grant awards will be announced by the end of September 2021. All communication regarding your application, including the grant decision, will be directed to the contact person listed on your application.

Partial funding is possible for your project. Support letters are strongly encouraged for your application to demonstrate community support.

Application Requirements

1. Enter a Title for your project

2. Upload a cover letter signed by the Mayor/Village President or Village/City Manager. Non-Profits and cultural institutions must submit a cover letter by their Chief Executive along with municipal letter(s) of support.

3. Provide applicant organization name and point of contact information. The point of contact will be contacted regarding the grant decision.

4. Applicant is dues-paying member to the Mayors Caucus

5. Submit a project description (700 word limit).

6. Grant funds requested amount

7. Proposed Match: Needs to be at least 20% of grant request.

8. Work Plan Narrative: Please outline and detail the steps your community will take to implement your event.

9. Outcomes and leveraged benefits

10. Provide a needs statement.

11. Ensure safety of all attendees/participants.

12. Upload support letters.

13. Provide additional comments.

Contact

Brian Tomkins
Metropolitan Mayors Caucus
btomkins@mayorscaucus.org



Metropolitan Mayors Caucus