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 $1,000. In 2017, the Foundation provided $65,000 to 58 organizations to 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. Please also review the list of projects we don't fund. If you require further information, please contact our office at 1-866-769-3779 or by email at

  • 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. With an average grant of $1,000, 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 entire list of projects we don't fund before applying for a Hometown Safety 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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