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Hometown Safety Grant

Grants to Iowa and Wisconsin Nonprofits, Public Service
Agencies, and Schools for Safety Projects or Equipment

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Alliant Energy Foundation

Deadline Date:

01/01/19 11:59 PM


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Grants ranging from $500 to $2,000 to Iowa and Wisconsin nonprofit organizations, municipalities, police and fire departments, schools, IHEs, libraries, and other public service organizations for specific safety-related projects or equipment. Funding is intended for one-time grants that will benefit a wide range of people residing within the Funding Source's service area (see Grant Coverage Areas below).

Examples of appropriate requests:

- Jaws of Life or thermal-imaging cameras
- A defibrillator in a public building
- Community emergency alert system
- Personal protective equipment for service providers

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181842

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants can range from $500 to $2,000, with an average grant amount of $1,000. Hometown Safety Grants will not cover more than 50% of the total project cost.

Term of Contract:

Grants are re expected to be completed within one year, and the Foundation does not make multi-year commitments.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include police and fire departments, schools, libraries, and other public service organizations. The applicant needs to be 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.

Organizations should not have received another Hometown Grant from the Alliant Energy Foundation within the past two years. You may apply for a grant every three years (i.e. an organization that received one of these grants in 2015 is not eligible to apply again until 2018).

Not funded:

- 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
- Organizations that discriminate against people because of their age, race, creed, gender, handicap, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity or national origin to advocate for a specific ideology
- 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
- Public playgrounds
- 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
- Body cameras
- Equipment not used directly in the field, such as dryers for cleaning gear or racks to store equipment
- Salaries, facilities costs, training or other operating expenses, which are not a priority

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are accepted three times each year:
- Apply between April 1 - May 1, 11:59 PM for a decision by June 1, 2018.
- Apply between August 1 - September 1, 11:59 PM by October 1, 2018.
- Apply between December 1, 2018 - January 1, 2019 11:59 PM for a decision by February 1, 2019.

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.

Only one grant will be committed to an organization in a three-year period. Some exceptions may be made when an organization hosts multiple divisions or departments, or when the projects target different areas of focus. Exceptions must be granted prior to submitting an application.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register and apply online:

If you require further information, please contact the office at 1-866-769-3779 or by email at

Alliant Energy Foundation
4902 N Biltmore Lane - Suite 1000
Madison, WI 53718-2148

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Iowa;   Wisconsin