Alliant Energy Foundation: Hometown Safety Grants

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Grant amount: US $500 - US $2,000

Next deadline: Mar 2, 2020 9:59pm PST

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

Applicant type: Nonprofit Government Entity

Funding uses: Project / Program

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

Location of residency: Counties in Iowa: Adair County, Adams County, Allamakee County, Appanoose County, Audubon County Show all

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About this funder:



Our Mission

Our charitable foundation was formed to help improve the quality of life in the communities where Alliant Energy has a presence. The Foundation's programs reflect a commitment to play an active role in those areas and give back to future generations.

The Alliant Energy Foundation is an independent, nonprofit philanthropic organization funded solely by an annual contribution from Alliant Energy Corporation, using shareowner dollars.

Hometown Safety Grants

Rise to the challenge, and we'll award your community a grant for a specific, safety-related project.

Your community's greatest asset is the people who live and work there. Keeping them safe is a top priority, but having access to life-saving and other protective equipment can be costly. A Hometown Safety Grant can help solve the problem.

Projects we fund

Hometown Safety Grants will be awarded to first-responder agencies to help purchase equipment used in the field during an emergency. Grants can range from $500 to $2,000, with an average grant amount of $1,000. In 2018, the Foundation provided $88,000 to 92 organizations to make their communities safer places to live and work.

Grants are for specific, one-time, safety-related projects that benefit a wide range of people and are expected to be completed within one year.

Grants range from $500-$2,000. Hometown Safety Grants will not cover more than 50% of your total project cost. With an average grant of $1,000, if your total project budget is $2,000, the Foundation could fund a maximum of $1,000.

Examples of appropriate requests:

  • Jaws of Life or thermal-imaging cameras
  • A defibrillator in a public building
  • CO2/gas monitoring equipment
  • Personal protective equipment for service providers

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


  • Projects we fund:
    • Hometown Safety Grants are awarded to organizations and projects that serve or protect the community. This includes police and fire departments, as well as schools, libraries and other public service organizations
  • The applicant needs to be either a registered 501(c)3 organization or affiliated with a city, town, village or local government
  • Additionally, organizations need to meet all of the following criteria:
    • The project 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. Churches are not included
    • 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)
  • Organizations are only eligible to receive one grant per calendar year – either a Community Grant or a Hometown Safety grant.
    • Some exceptions may be made for large organizations with multiple departments for divisions. Please contact the Foundation before applying for multiple grants.


  • Projects we don't fund:
    • 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
    • Salaries, facilities costs, training or other operating expenses, which are not a priority of our grant making