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.
Grants can range from $500 to $2,000, with an average grant amount of $1,500. In 2016, the Foundation helped 21 recipients make their communities safer places to live and work.
Before taking your time to apply, please carefully review the information below and the criteria for our grant recipients. If you require further information, please contact our office at 1-866-769-3779 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Projects we fund and don’t fund
- The application process
- Applying for a grant
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.
- 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. While the average grant is $1,500-$2,000, 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
- Community emergency alert system
- Personal protective equipment for service providers
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).
Projects we don't fund
Please review the list in its entirety before you apply for a Hometown Safety Grant.
- 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 (please see our Community Grants program)
- Capital campaigns, including emergency vehicles, new construction, structural renovations, repairs or similar projects
- Multi-year pledge requests
- 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
If you have more questions or want to be sure your project is a good fit before you apply, please contact our office at 1-866-769-3779 or by email at email@example.com.
The application process
Applications are only accepted through the Alliant Energy eGrant portal. Each organization should create one eGrant login and password to be shared among all individuals at the organization.
When the grant cycle opens, each applicant will complete a short eligibility quiz to ensure the organization and program fit within Alliant Energy Foundation grant guidelines.
Applications are accepted four times each year.
|Application opens||Submission deadline||Decision date|
|February 1||March 1, 11:59 p.m.||April 1|
|May 1||June 1, 11:59 p.m.||July 1|
|August 1||September 1, 11:59 p.m.||October 1|
|November 1||December 1, 11:59 p.m.||January 1|
- Requests for funding will not be considered outside of these grant cycles.
- Grants for a project on a particular date should be requested so that a decision can be made prior to the actual start date of the program or event.
- Grant applicants will be notified via email of our decision by the date noted above.
- Grants are approved for a one-year period, and the Foundation does not make multi-year commitments. Only one grant will be committed to an organization in a three-year period. Some exceptions may be made when an organization hosts multiple divisions or departments, or when the projects target different areas of focus. Exceptions must be granted prior to submitting an application.
Apply for a grant
Each organization should create one eGrant login and password to be shared among all individuals at the organization. If you already have an account, you can follow the link and login. If you think your organization already has account but you are unable to access it, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Visit our eGrant site and create your organization’s login and password. We recommend your login be convenient and easy form of your organization name. Please note that most organizations will have only one login and password to be shared with everyone at your organization.
- Review the instructions tab.
- Click on Opportunities to view open grant applications.
- Complete the questions and upload the appropriate attachments. You are able to save your grant application and return to it at a later date. Please adhere to the guidelines for accepted document types for attachments. Details will be specified in the application.
- Upon completion, you must hit “Submit My Data” to complete the process. The eGrant system will send an electronic confirmation that your request has been received.
- Grant applicants will be notified via email about decisions on the date specified.