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Grants of up to $5,000 available to cultural, community service programs from Nicor Gas

NAPERVILLE, ILL. – May 1, 2023 – Expanding on its commitment to support neighborhoods across its service territory where stabilization needs are the greatest, Nicor Gas is announcing $100,000 in funding to support cultural and community service programs. 

Starting May 1, 501(c)(3) designated nonprofits may apply for grants from Nicor Gas to support their cultural and community service initiatives. Applications are available at through July 31, with funding decisions made by September 30. Selected nonprofits and community organizations are eligible to receive up to $5,000 in grant funds this year. 

Nicor Gas invests in nonprofit organizations that contribute to the vitality, sustainability and livability of neighborhoods where its customers live and work through the support of local museums and theatres, social services and early childhood organizations, and non-core health services such as mental health, substance abuse and domestic abuse, mentorship and job services programs, and organizations that target civic development. 

“At Nicor Gas, we are committed to improving our local neighborhoods and communities by partnering with nonprofits who are making an impact through cultural and community services,” said Jackie Nagel, manager of Community Engagement. “Strong communities depend on good citizens working together, and we are proud to invest in organizations that hold these same values and support these causes across the state.”

 Grants awarded last year include: 

  • Paramount Arts – Supports the Paramount Access Program which removes barriers to attending productions through “pay what you can” nights and sign language interpreted performances. 
  • Tri-City Family Services – Supports family centered counseling for children, adolescents, adults, families and community members across all income levels and life stages. 
  • Children’s Advocacy of North and Northwest Cook County – Supports trauma focused therapeutic intervention for child survivors of abuse and family violence. 
  • Children’s Discovery Museum – Supports the STEAM-based “Museum in Motion” program that brings the museum experience into local classrooms.

To submit an application for the community enrichment grants,  

To learn more about Nicor Gas’ commitment to its communities, visit                                                                                                                     

About Nicor Gas
Nicor Gas is one of four natural gas distribution companies of Southern Company Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO). Nicor Gas serves more than 2.3 million customers in a service territory that encompasses most of the northern third of Illinois, excluding the city of Chicago. For more information, visit

About Southern Company Gas
Southern Company Gas is a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE:SO), America’s premier energy company. Southern Company Gas serves approximately 4.3 million natural gas customers through its regulated distribution companies in four states with approximately 600,000 retail customers through its companies that market natural gas. Other businesses include investments in interstate pipelines and ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities. For more information, visit 

Media Contact:
Allison Gregoire