Alliant Energy Foundation accepting grant applications

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Alliant Energy is headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — The Alliant Energy Foundation is accepting applications until Sept. 1 for community grants from nonprofit organizations.

The community grants, typically ranging from $500 to $5,000, are available for local programs and community projects that benefit residents in the communities Alliant Energy serves throughout Iowa and Wisconsin.

According to Alliant’s call for grant applications, “Alliant Energy and its Foundation look for opportunities and partnerships that foster intentional inclusion of diverse perspectives leading to more equitable outcomes and greater impacts for communities. These efforts focus on Hunger and Housing, Workforce Readiness, Environmental Stewardship and Diversity, Safety and Wellbeing, which resonates with Alliant Energy’s core values.”

Past grantees have included meal programs to fight hunger, reading initiatives, nature restoration projects and the purchase of equipment for first responders.

“We are proud to continue supporting communities through our grants program,” said Julie Bauer, executive director of the Alliant Energy Foundation. “We realize many programs and projects have been altered this year, but it’s important to help nonprofits sustain key programs and services their organizations deliver.”

The grant application and eligibility requirements are available online. The Alliant Energy Foundation will communicate all grant decisions by Nov. 1, 2020. Grants are funded solely by Alliant Energy shareowners.

Alliant Energy and its Foundation announced in May nearly $550,000 in community grants to 237 organizations.

Since March, Alliant Energy has also contributed nearly $350,000 in additional funds to assist organizations helping with emergency relief efforts in response to COVID-19. The funds included donations in Iowa and Wisconsin to Feeding America Food Banks, the American Red Cross and United Way.

The company also contributed $2 million to the Hometown Care Energy Fund, which assists customers who need financial help to pay their bill. It is supported annually with funds from Alliant Energy and voluntary contributions from customers.

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