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The Alliant Energy Foundation’s Community Grants are directed to nonprofit programs and projects that benefit customers in Alliant Energy communities in Iowa and Wisconsin. We fund projects in three focus areas: Helping Families, Education and the Environment.

Grants from the Foundation typically range from $500 to $5,000, with an average grant of $2,500. In 2017 the Foundation awarded 301 grants totaling more than $780,000.

Before taking your time to apply, please read all the information below. Please also review our frequently asked questions page and visit the page on projects we don’t fund. We strongly encourage all applicants to contact us about your project prior to completing the application. We can be reached at  1-866-769-3779 or

  • Projects we fund
  • Projects we don’t fund
  • The grant application process
  • How to apply for a grant
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Projects we fund

All projects must fit into one of our three focus areas. We strongly encourage applicants to contact us about grant applications and eligibility prior to applying. We’re happy to provide guidance and input.

Grants that help families – In this category, we specifically support programs in these areas:

  • Food, nutrition – Pantry, delivery, school or backpack nutrition programs
  • Housing, shelter – Emergency shelters, programs that help disadvantaged families
  • Clothing, basic household needs – Clothing, cribs, car seats
  • Adult education – Parenting skills, financial literacy, English classes
  • Domestic or child abuse – Safe house, awareness or prevention programs
  • Respite care for people with disabilities – Adult/family day programs, workforce development
  • After-school and summer programs targeting minority populations
  • Playground improvements – Playground equipment only, not including playing fields, courts or shelters (Please note, playgrounds must be open to the general public, and all grants are $1,000).

Education grants – In this category, we specifically support programs in these areas:

  • STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)
  • General education and literacy programs for children
  • Agricultural education
  • Youth development, mentoring
  • College readiness
  • Workforce development

Environmental grants – In this category, we specifically support programs in these areas:

  • Environmental education – programs teaching about environmental issues, endangered species, wildlife protection
  • Conservation – tree planting, actively protecting and preserving wildlife space and waterways
  • Trail projects – benches, signage, trail improvements
  • Park improvements and updates – benches, signage, picnic tables

Additionally, organizations need to meet all of the following criteria.

  • The program 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 grant from the Alliant Energy Foundation within the current calendar year.

Qualities of strong grant proposals

  • Exhibit community partnerships and funding support from various sources
  • Meet identified community needs and have measureable impact
  • Demonstrate strong financial management and board commitment
  • Are sustainable and demonstrate innovative solutions

Projects we don't fund

Please review the entire list of projects we don't fund before applying for a Community Grant.
Charitable foundation programs

The Foundation's community grant programs reflect our commitment to play an active role in the communities we serve.

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Scholarships from Alliant Energy

We partner with many colleges and universities within our utility service area to provide scholarships to worthy students.

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