Wisconsin Public Service Foundation Grant

Wisconsin Public Service


Grant amount: More than US $1,000

Next deadline: Jan 31, 2019

Later deadlines: Apr 30, 2019, Jul 31, 2019, Oct 31, 2019

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Capital Project

Location of project: Menominee County, Michigan, Counties in Wisconsin: Brown County, Calumet County, Clark County, Door County Expand all

Location of residency: Menominee County, Michigan, Counties in Wisconsin: Brown County, Calumet County, Clark County, Door County Expand all

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Overview:

Wisconsin Public Service Foundation is the philanthropic entity for WPS and other subsidiaries of our holding company, WEC Energy Group. In other words, the foundation and the utility are two different organizations, with two very different purposes. The foundation provides for charitable contributions to our local communities, while WPS and our other utilities are focused on providing safe, reliable electricity and natural gas to customers. The foundation is funded by our shareholders, not by our utility customers.

Through direct grants, scholarships and the employee Matching Gifts program, Wisconsin Public Service Foundation actively supports the quality of life in the communities we serve. The foundation provides nearly $1.4 million annually in contributions to programs in the following areas:

  • Arts & Culture: Arts and culture add to the richness of life in our communities. We support projects that promote diversity and make the arts accessible to all people, including theater, dance, music, drama and museums.
  • Community & Neighborhood Development: Communities become stronger when neighbors work together. We support nonprofit organizations dedicated to community improvement.
  • Education: Life-long learning helps ensure a strong future for our communities and their economies. We support programs that complement our company's educational programs and philosophies, including opportunities for minorities and women. We support programs where businesses and educational institutions partner, provide career planning and mentor youth.
  • Environment: As a company, we protect and encourage the wise use of natural resources. We also support others' efforts for the betterment of fish and wildlife, water and air quality, forests, energy efficiency, renewable energy and recycling.
  • Human Services & Health: The physical and emotional well-being of everyone in our communities is a measure of the health of the communities. We support programs that serve limited-income, senior and handicapped individuals. And we support programs emphasizing wellness.

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

Eligibility:

  • Eligible Applicants are 501c3 nonprofit organizations.
  • Funding Focus: Capital campaigns, large program initiatives and major event sponsorships.

Preferences:

  • In making charitable contributions, WPS gives priority to organizations that:
    • Located within or provide significant benefit to communities served by WPS
    • Are judged effective by the community
    • Increase public awareness of important issues
    • Promote volunteerism
    • Cooperate, rather than compete, with similar organizations, and strive to minimize duplication of services
    • Hold nonprofit status

Ineligibility:

  • We Do Not Fund
    • Individuals
    • Churches and other religious organizations
    • Political organizations
    • Organizations that discriminate for any reason, including race, color, religion, creed, age, gender, national origin or sexual orientation
    • National and international organizations that operate outside the area we serve and whose funds are not used locally
    • Post-secondary scholarships other than those provided through our scholarship program
    • Free natural gas or electric service, moving of poles or utility-related construction
    • Public and private schools K-12