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Universal Service Fund (USF) Nonprofit Access Grant Program

Grants to Wisconsin Nonprofits for Programs that Offer
Telecommunications Services to Populations in Need

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Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC)

Deadline Date:

03/29/19 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Wisconsin nonprofit organizations for projects and programs that enable access to telecommunications services. Funding is intended to help consumers in areas of the state in which the cost of telecommunication services is higher than average, and to assist low-income consumers with disabilities in obtaining affordable access to essential telecommunications services.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185534

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Estimated Size of Grant:

There is no specified dollar limit for any particular project as long as USF requested funding does not exceed 75% of total project costs.

Term of Contract:

Funding will be approved for a 12 month period from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020. Extensions may be given upon request from the applicant. Applicants may apply for multiple year projects, but funding will only be authorized on a state fiscal year basis. Successful applicants for multi-year projects will need to re-apply for funding for subsequent years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant must be a nonprofit group (defined as an IRS § 501(c)(3) organization).

Pre-Application Information:

The grant application deadline is Friday, March 29, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Applications must be submitted to the Commission via the Electronic Records Filing (ERF).

Applicants are required to provide at least 25% matching funds toward the total project cost (a three-dollar-for-one-dollar match). For example, if the total project budget is $20,000, no more than $15,000 can be funded from this grant program. Matching funds may be provided as cash or in-kind contributions. Matching funds may not be items purchased with USF grant
dollars from prior years, nor may the in-kind match items be used to meet the grant match requirement for more than one USF grant cycle. Matching funds may not be used to meet the grant match requirement for other, non-USF grant applications.

Any non-USF funding sources, including federal, state, and private foundations, may be used to meet the matching requirement. In-kind contributions may be professional services that are donated or discounted by the donor. Matching funds, both cash and in-kind contributions, must relate to the proposed project and must be itemized on the Budget Summary Form

Awards for this grant are expected to be announced by June 2019. Funded proposals have until the end of June 2020 to use grant dollars.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

For further information, contact:
Holly O'Higgins, USF Director
Phone: 608-267-9486
Fax: 608-266-3957

Copies of invoices and all receipts should be mailed to:
Holly O’Higgins
Public Service Commission
4822 Madison Yards Way, North Tower, 6th Floor
Madison, WI 53705

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USA: Wisconsin