USF Nonprofit Grant Program
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.
2020 Application Instructions and Forms
Resources for 2019 Grant Recipients
Resources for 2018 Grant Recipients
Previous Grant Awards
Summary of 2019 Grant Awards:
Summary of 2018 Grant Awards:
Summary of 2017 Grant Awards:
Summary of 2016 Grant Awards:
Should you have any questions regarding the grant application guidelines, please contact Holly O'Higgins at 608-267-9486 or