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

​  ​​​Application Instructions npGrantApplicationInstructions2020

​Application Cover Form npCoverSheet2020
Budget Summary Form npGrantBudgetSummaryForm2020 
Affidavit npGrantAffidavit2020    ​

Resources for 2019 Grant Recipients​


Sample Financial Summary Statement

Sample Interim R​eport

Sample Final Report Outline 
2019 Nonprofit Final Report

Resources for 2018 Grant Recipients


Sample Financial Summary Statement
2018 Nonprofit Purchase Statement

Sample Final Report Outline 
2018 Nonprofit Final Report​

Previous Grant Awards

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 Holly O'Higgins at 608-267-9486 or