The Alliant Energy Foundation's community grants are directed to programs and projects that benefit the residents and communities in the three Midwestern states served by Alliant Energy's utility subsidiaries.
Primary emphasis is given to organizations in areas where Alliant Energy has a presence and in communities where Alliant Energy employees live and work.
Grants are distributed three times a year to qualifying organizations within the Alliant energy service territory. Gifts typically range from $500 to $5,000.
In 2012, the Foundation awarded 559 grants totaling more than $1 million.
Areas of focus
Grants are awarded in five major categories. Programs, projects or initiatives that qualify in multiple categories receive special consideration for funding.
Human needs: We help meet local human services needs through annual grants to United Way campaigns and to other agencies that provide for those needs in our communities.
Education: We believe that a skilled and educated workforce is critical to the vitality of the communities we serve, so the Foundation seeks to fund educational programs that foster innovation, utilize technology and develop future leaders.
Culture and art: We support organizations that conduct programs and activities that foster knowledge and appreciation of the fine arts and humanities, with an emphasis on broadening access to cultural and art activities.
Civic: We support community-based organizations that administer programs and activities aimed at community improvement, economic development, affordable housing, job training, retention and placement; or initiatives that seek to improve the overall quality of community life.
Environment: We help to protect the environment by supporting organizations that seek to educate, inform and advance environmental issues that impact or have the potential to impact the communities we serve.
In addition to the five major categories for Community Grants, the Foundation further values initiatives that promote safety and diversity, and those that qualify in multiple categories are of particular interest and receive special consideration. When examining the issue of diversity, we seek to fund projects that help to break down barriers and create an inclusive environment that maximizes the contribution of all people while providing opportunities for minorities. In terms of safety, the Foundation favors projects that educate and motivate people from all walks of life to live safer and healthier lives – whether at home, work, school, play or when traveling.