NonProfit Grant Program

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.

  • Applications for funding are due on April 5, 2021 at 4 p.m. CT.

  • All applications must be submitted via the Commission’s Electronic Records Filing (ERF) system in docket 5-NF-2021.

  • Additional information about filing on ERF may be found here.​

2021 Application Instructions​ and Forms

​  ​​​Application Instructions npGrantApplicationInstructions2021

​Application Cover Form npCoverSheet2021
Budget Summary Form npGrantBudgetSummaryForm2021 
Budget Summary Form ​npGrantBudgetSummaryForm.xlsx
Affidavit npGrantAffidavit2021​    ​

Resources for 2020​ Grant Recipients​


Sample Financial Summary Statement

Sample Interim R​eport

Sample Final Report Outline 
2020​ Nonprofit Final Report

Previous Grant Awards

Summary of 2020 Grant Awards: Summary2020​.pdf
Summary of 2019 Grant Awards: Summary2019​.pdf
Summary of 2018 Grant Awards: Summary2018.pdf
Summary of 2017 Grant Awards: Summary2017.pdf
Summary of 2016 Grant Awards: Summary2016.pdf

Should you have any questions regarding the grant application guidelines, please contact Billy Mauldin:

​ 608-234-4781 (vp/voice)
​ Billy.Mauldin​