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.

FY2018 Application Guidelines and Forms

Application Packet for FY2018 2018NPGrantPacket.pdf
Application Cover Form ApplicationCoverForm.pdf
Budget Summary Form FY2018 2018NPBudgetSummaryForm.doc 
Affidavit Form FY2018 2018NGrantAffidavit.doc
Sample Final Report Form FY2018 2018NPSampleFinalReport.doc
Sample Financial Summary Statement FY2018 2018NPFinancialSummarySt.docx

Resources for FY2017 Grant Recipients


Sample Financial Summary Statement

Sample Final Report Form 

Resources for FY2016 Grant Recipients


Sample Financial Summary Statement

Sample Final Report Form 

Previous Grant Awards

Summary of FY17 Grant Awards SummaryFY2017.pdf
Summary of FY16 Grant Awards SummaryFY2016.pdf
Summary of FY15 Grant Awards SummaryFY2015.pdf
Summary of FY14 Grant Awards SummaryFY2014.pdf
Summary of FY13 Grant Awards SummaryFY2013.pdf

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