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General guidelines

The Alliant Energy Foundation's Community Grants Program contributes to a wide array of programs aimed at improving the quality of life in the communities we serve.

Alliant Energy service territoryEligibility

Community Grants are directed to projects, programs and initiatives that benefit the residents and communities in the three Midwestern states served by Alliant Energy's utility subsidiaries, Interstate Power and Light Co. and Wisconsin Power and Light Co.

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Grant-making cycle

Grant CycleGrant Request Submission DeadlineGrant Request Submissions AcceptedDecision Date

March 1

February 1 – March 1

May 1 

September 1

August 1 – September 1

 November 1

Program Guidelines

Download the Community Grants Program Guidelines [PDF]

Funding priorities

The Foundation will accept requests in any of its areas of focus during each cycle. 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. (Non-profit organizations located outside of Alliant Energy's utility service territory but serve populations in Alliant Energy's areas are also eligible for consideration.)
  • Encourage community partnerships and leverage additional support;
  • 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.

Grants are approved for a one-year period and the Foundation does not make multi-year commitments. Typically, only one grant will be committed to an organization in a calendar year. Some exceptions may be made when an organization hosts multiple divisions or departments, or when the projects target different areas of focus. The Foundation is governed by a board of directors, comprised of officers of Alliant Energy Corporation or its subsidiaries, which reviews the Community Grants program guidelines on an annual basis.