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Grants to Iowa and Wisconsin Nonprofits, Agencies, and Schools
for Education, Environment, and Family-Related Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Alliant Energy Foundation

Deadline Date:

09/01/18 11:59 PM


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Grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 to Iowa and Wisconsin nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, and colleges for programs and projects that focus on helping families, promoting education, and improving the environment. Priorities for each of these focus areas are outlined below.

Focus area details:

Helping Families
- Food, nutrition – Pantry, delivery, school or backpack nutrition programs
- Housing, shelter – Emergency shelters, programs that help disadvantaged families
- Clothing, basic household needs – Clothing, cribs, car seats
- Adult education – Parenting skills, financial literacy, English classes
- Domestic or child abuse – Safe house, awareness or prevention programs
- Respite care for people with disabilities – Adult/family day programs, workforce development
- After-school and summer programs targeting minority populations
- Playground improvements (Please note, playgrounds must be open to the general public, and all grants are $1,000).

- STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)
- General education and literacy programs for children
- Agricultural education
- Youth development, mentoring
- College readiness
- Workforce development

- Environmental education – programs teaching about environmental issues, endangered species, wildlife protection
- Conservation – tree planting, actively protecting and preserving wildlife space and waterways
- Trail projects – benches, signage, trail improvements
- Park improvements and updates – benches, signage, picnic tables

Qualities of strong grant proposals:

- Exhibit community partnerships and funding support from various sources
- Meet identified community needs and have measureable impact
- Demonstrate strong financial management and board commitment
- Are sustainable and demonstrate innovative solutions

Generally, the Foundation prefers to provide grants to support specific programs, projects or initiatives in lieu of general operating support.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173272

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants from the Foundation typically range from $500 to $5,000, with an average grant of $2,500. In 2016, the Foundation awarded 266 grants totaling more than $656,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants are approved for a one-year period and the Foundation does not make multi-year commitments.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The applying organization is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a valid IRS tax ID (EIN); or a governmental unit, town, village, or city; or an accredited school, college, or university. Churches are not included.

The program must take place and serve customers within the Alliant Energy service territory. For a complete list of eligible communities, see Grant Coverage Areas below.

Please note that nonprofit organizations located outside of Alliant Energy's utility service territory but that serve populations in Alliant Energy's areas are also eligible for consideration.

Organizations should not have received another grant from the Alliant Energy Foundation within the current calendar year.


- Organizations that are not either: (1) registered, non-profit organizations as defined by Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Service Code; (2) fully accredited public or private schools or universities; or (3) instruments of federal, state or local governments as provided by Section 170(c)(1) of the Code
- Religious institutions such as churches, synagogues, temples or other houses of worship, or any organization whose main purpose is to promote a specific faith, creed or religion and/or direct resources to advocate for a specific ideology
- Organizations that discriminate against people because of their age, race, creed, gender, handicap, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity or national origin
- Fiscal agents
- Contributions to intermediary (“third-party”) funding groups that raise money to distribute to other charities
- Fraternal or social clubs
- Programs that provide assistance with energy costs or energy-related projects that conflict with the Internal Revenue Service's rules that govern self-dealing by private foundations. Ineligible projects include energy-efficiency building upgrades, new or improved lighting fixtures and equipment, emergency generators, holiday light displays and other projects that may provide a benefit to Alliant Energy or its utility subsidiaries
- Programs or projects that are primarily arts and culture or health and wellness initiatives, including education programs in these categories
- Capital campaigns, including emergency vehicles, new construction, structural renovations, repairs or similar projects
- Multi-year pledge requests
- Endowments
- Contributions to individuals
- Ads in programs, door prizes, raffle tickets, dinner tables, golf outings or sponsorships of organized sports teams or activities
- Athletes, teams, sporting events or tournaments, and swimming pools
- Registration or participation fees for individuals, teams or schools for fundraising events, e.g., walk-a-thons, runs, travel funds for tours or tournaments
- Books, magazines or professional journal articles
- Computers, laptops or iPads
- Field trips
- K-9 service dogs or related equipment
- Salaries, facilities costs, training or other operating expenses, which are not a priority of our grant making

Please note: Support of political activity either directly or indirectly is prohibited by law.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are accepted two times each year.

- Apply between February 1 and March 1, 11:59 PM for a decision by May 1.
- Apply between August 1 and September 1, 11:59 PM for a decision November 1.

Grant applicants will be notified via email.

Grants for a project on a particular date should be requested so that a decision can be made prior to the actual start date of the program or event.


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Click on the link in the Supporting Documents section below to download the Budget Template.

Contact Information:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Iowa;   Wisconsin