Universal Service Fund Nonprofit Grant Program

Wisconsin Public Service Foundation

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Anticipated deadline: May 26, 2021 2:00pm PDT

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Technology Access & Digital Literacy

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Menominee County, Michigan, Counties in Wisconsin: Brown County, Calumet County, Door County, Florence County Show all

Location of residency: Menominee County, Michigan, Counties in Wisconsin: Brown County, Calumet County, Door County, Florence County Show all

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Overview:

USF Nonprofit Grant Program

The Access Program or Project by Nonprofit Groups is a grant program under the Universal Service Fund that enables non-profit groups to apply for partial funding of programs or projects that will facilitate affordable access to telecommunications (Wis. Admin. Code § PSC 160.125(2)). The Commission can award up to $500,000 in grants under this program on a fiscal year basis.

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, Commission staff encourages applicants to identify any ways in which their proposed projects would address public needs related to assistance with telecommunications access during this unprecedented time, or help residents maintain reliable access during any future period of social distancing.

The purpose of the Nonprofit Access Grant Program is to assist customers located in areas of the state with relatively high costs of telecommunications service, low-income customers, and customers with disabilities to obtain affordable access to a basic set of telecommunications service.

These grants may be a particularly appropriate source of funding to address COVID-19 related barriers to telecommunications access. Grants could, for example, be used to address the telecommunications needs of people with disabilities, low-income populations, or other groups who have barriers accessing typical or mainstream telecommunications offerings; this could include geographic areas with limited or no reliable or affordable internet providers.

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

Eligibility:

  • Applicant must be a nonprofit group (defined as an IRS § 501(c)(3) organization).
  • Funding will be approved for only one year.
    • Applicants may apply for multiple year projects, but funding will only be authorized on a state fiscal year basis. 
  • Matching funds are required for 25 percent of the total project cost (or a dollar match for every three dollars of grant requested).
  • The project must assist customers in areas of the state that have relatively high costs of telecommunication services, low-income customers or customers with disabilities in obtaining affordable access to essential telecommunications services.

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