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USF Nonprofit Grant Program

Program Summary
The Access Program or Project by Nonprofit Groups is a grant program under the Universal Service Fund that enables non-profit groups to apply for partial funding of programs or projects that will facilitate affordable access to telecommunications (Wis. Admin. Code § PSC 160.125(2)). The Commission can award up to $500,000 in grants under this program on a fiscal year basis.

Important items to note for this grant program include:

  • Applicant must be a nonprofit group (defined as an IRS § 501(c) (3) organization).
  • Funding will be approved for only one year.
  • Matching funds are required for 25 percent of the total project cost (or a dollar match for every three dollars of grant requested).
  • The project must assist customers in areas of the state that have relatively high costs of telecommunication services, low-income customers or customers with disabilities in obtaining affordable access to essential telecommunications services.

FY2017 Application Guidelines and Forms

  • Application Guidelines for FY2017 View/Download PDF File
  • Application Packet Cover Letter FY2017 View/Download PDF File
  • Application Cover Form View/Download PDF File (510kb)
  • Budget Summary Form FY2017 View/Download PDF File   word document
  • Sample Purchase Statement FY2017 View/Download PDF File   word document
  • Affidavit Form FY2017 View/Download PDF File
  • PSC ss. 160.125(2) Wisconsin Administrative Code FY2017 View/Download PDF File
  • Sample Final Report Form FY2017 View/Download PDF File word document

 

Resources for FY2016 Grant Recipients

  • Sample Purchase Statement View/Download PDF File   word document(January 2016)
  • Sample Final Report Form View/Download PDF File word document(January 2016)

 

Resources for FY2015 Grant Recipients

  • Sample Purchase Statement View/Download PDF File   word document(January 2015)
  • Sample Final Report Form View/Download PDF File word document(January 2015)

 

Previous Grant Awards

Summaryof FY 15 Grant Awards pdf document (September 2015)
Summaryof FY 14 Grant Awards pdf document (October 2014)
Summaryof FY 13 Grant Awards pdf document (October 2013)
Summaryof FY 12 Grant Awards pdf document (October 2012)
Summaryof FY 11 Grant Awards pdf document (October 2012)
Summaryof FY 10 Grant Awards pdf document (November 2010)

Should you have any questions regarding the grant application guidelines, please contact Jeff Richter at 608-267-9624 or e-mail Jeff Richter.


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