Through grantmaking, we’re working to create a more energy literate society that’s ready for the smart grid.

Our century-old power grid is upgrading to a smart grid. By 2020, most Illinois homes will have a smart electric meter. Our mission is to empower a community of organizations to make sure everyone understands smart meters and how to benefit from them.

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The smart grid is changing how people engage with energy.

New tools, behaviors, and attitudes need to accompany major electrical infrastructure upgrades. Our funding supports programs that empower the diversity of Illinois residents to become actively engaged in their energy usage.

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ISEIF is a unique model in the energy world.


We address the human and community sides of energy and the electric grid. Through the use of data and stories, we’re learning what it takes to get consumers energized about the smart grid.


From Our Blog

Love and Enchiladas and the Smart Grid

Our grantees at SCARCE have been spending their grant year running a video competition for young people in DuPage County. The challenge was to create [...]

The Internet of Ridiculous Things (IoRT)

Time for another blog chat between Clare & Uzma! This time on the Internet of Things in Clothing. Lightly edited transcript. Uzma:  so what world-changing [...]

Building the moral case for using less energy

Faith in Place, an organization that engages communities of faith on environmental issues, is now in its fourth year of ISEIF funded work to inspire members [...]

Non-numerical fun with numbers

Part 2 of our series on the role data plays in our grantmaking. Go to part 1. ISEIF is an evidence-driven foundation. We like data. Lots [...]

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