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.

2019 Application Guidelines and Forms

Application Packet: 2019 Application Packet
Application Cover Form:Application Cover Form
Budget Summary Form:2019 Budget Summary Form 
Affidavit Form:2019 Grant Affidavit
Sample Final Report Outline:2019 Sample Final Report Outline
Sample Financial Summary Statement:2019 Financial Summary Statement
FAQs for 2019 Grant:FAQs 

Resources for 2018 Grant Recipients


Sample Financial Summary Statement

Sample Final Report Outline 

Resources for 2017 Grant Recipients


Sample Financial Summary Statement

Sample Final Report Outline

Previous Grant Awards

Summary of 2018 Grant Awards: Summary2018.pdf
Summary of 2017 Grant Awards: Summary2017.pdf
Summary of 2016 Grant Awards: Summary2016.pdf
Summary of 2015 Grant Awards: Summary2015.pdf
Summary of 2014 Grant Awards: Summary2014.pdf
Summary of 2013 Grant Awards: Summary2013.pdf


Should you have any questions regarding the grant application guidelines, please contact Holly O'Higgins at 608-267-9486 or