Alliant Energy Foundation: Community Grants

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Grant amount: US $500 - US $5,000

Next anticipated deadline: Mar 1, 2020 9:59pm PST

Later anticipated deadlines: Sep 1, 2020 9:59pm PDT

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Iowa: Adair County, Adams County, Allamakee County, Appanoose County, Benton County Show all

Location of residency: United States

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Overview:

The Alliant Energy Foundation's Community Grants are directed to programs and projects that benefit the residents and communities in the three Midwestern states Alliant Energy serves: Iowa, and Wisconsin.

Projects we fund

All projects must fit into one of our three focus areas. We strongly encourage applicants to contact us about grant applications and eligibility prior to applying. We’re happy to provide guidance and input.

Grants that help families – In this category, we specifically support programs in these areas:

  • 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 – Playground equipment only, not including playing fields, courts or shelters
    • (Please note, playgrounds must be open to the general public, and all grants are $1,000).

Education grants – In this category, we specifically support programs in these areas:

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

Environmental grants – In this category, we specifically support programs in these areas:

  • 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.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • The program must take place and serve customers within the Alliant Energy service territory.
  • The 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. 
  • Organizations should not have received another grant from the Alliant Energy Foundation within the current calendar year.

Preferences:

  • Programs, projects or initiatives that promote safety and diversity and those that qualify in multiple categories will receive special consideration.
  • Priority is given to those projects that:
    • Originate from organizations in areas where Alliant Energy has a presence and in communities where Alliant Energy employees live and work. 
    • Exhibit community partnerships and funding support from various sources;
    • Meet identified needs and have a measurable impact in the community;
    • Come from organizations that exhibit strong financial management and board commitment;
    • Are sustainable and demonstrate innovative solutions to problems;
    • and/or Have an internal “advocate” or “sponsor” within the Alliant Energy family of companies.

Ineligibility:

  • The Foundation will not provide funding for: 
    • Organizations that are not either:
      • registered, non-profit organizations as defined by Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Service Code;
      • fully accredited public or private schools or universities; or
      • instruments of federal, state or local governments as provided by Section 170(c)(1) of the Code.
    • Contributions to individuals;
    • 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, holiday light displays and other projects that may provide a benefit to Alliant Energy or its utility subsidiaries;
    • 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;
    • Contributions to intermediary (“third party”) funding groups that raise money to distribute to other charities;
    • Fiscal agents;
    • Fraternal or social clubs;
    • 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;
    • Endowments;
    • Organizations that discriminate against people because of their age, race, creed, gender, handicap, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity or national origin;
    • Registration or participation fees for individuals, teams or schools for fundraising events, e.g., walk-a-thons, runs, travel funds for tours or tournaments; or
    • Books, magazines or professional journal articles.
  • The Foundation does not provide funding for capital campaigns and projects (more commonly known as “bricks-and-mortar” projects) . This includes new construction, structural renovations, repairs or similar projects.
  • Further, we don't provide grants for salaries, facilities costs or other operating expenses, which are not a priority of our grantmaking. Generally, we prefer to provide grants to support specific programs, projects or initiatives in lieu of general operating support.
  • Support of political activity either directly or indirectly is prohibited by law.