How the Volunteer Program Works

If you do volunteer work of any kind, whether by delivering Meals on Wheels, supporting your church's festival or bake sale or helping out at the Salvation Army or Red Cross, your time may qualify you for a Volunteer Program grant from the Alliant Energy Foundation. Just track your hours and then submit your grant request through

Volunteer Program guidelines

How to participate

With our new online giving system, located at, you can log your volunteer hours anytime and request your volunteer grant January 1-31.

In 2018 and beyond, volunteer grants will be based on a 12-month calendar year (January 1 through December 31). For 2017, grant payments were paid as usual based on the hours you volunteered between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017. However, in order to accommodate the timing of our new system, grant payments will be made again by March 31, 2018 for hours recorded July 1 – December 31, 2017, based upon the adjusted schedule below. In 2018, we will return to the standard 12-month payout amounts.

For Volunteer Hours July 1 – December 31, 2017

Volunteer Hours & Grant RequestsDue January 31, 2018
Grants paidFebruary 2018
25 to 74 volunteer hours
One $50 grant to any one eligible recipient
75 to 99 volunteer hours
One $150 grant to any one eligible recipient
100+ volunteer hours
One $200 grant to any one eligible recipient


For Volunteer Hours January 1 – December 31, 2018

Volunteer Hours & Grant RequestsDue January 31, 2019
Grants paidFebruary 2019
50 to 149 volunteer hours
One $100 grant to any one eligible recipient
150 to 199 volunteer hours
One $300 grant to any one eligible recipient
200+ volunteer hours
One $400 grant to any one eligible recipient


All volunteer hours recorded and grants requested after July 1, 2017, can be entered into our new online database, located at You can also report your hours and request your grant by using this special six-month form .pdf for the shortened period.

For July 1 – December 31, 2017, grant requests will need to be received by January 31, 2018. You will be notified when your grant payment has been processed for your organization. Grants will be sent directly to the recipient organization.

Eligible participants

Employees and retirees of Alliant Energy or one of its predecessor companies are eligible to submit volunteer hours and grant requests.

Eligible recipients

To receive a grant through this program, the organization must be eligible to receive a grant according to the guidelines established by the Alliant Energy Foundation Board of Directors. This includes federal tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or governmental units (e.g., school, volunteer fire department, etc.) in our three state service areas of Iowa, Minnesota or Wisconsin.

The Alliant Energy Foundation will not give volunteer grants to religious institutions such as churches, synagogues, temples or other houses of worship, or to any organization whose main purpose is to promote a specific faith, creed or religion and/or direct resources to advocate for a specific ideology. However, the hours that an eligible participant volunteers for those types of organizations can be counted.

Interpretation of the program

Any questions regarding the interpretation, application or administration of the provisions of this program should be directed to the Alliant Energy Foundation staff at 1-866-769-3779 or by email at

The Board of Directors of the Alliant Energy Foundation is the final authority and reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any grant application and recipient.

Suspension or termination of the program

The Alliant Energy Foundation may modify, suspend, revoke or terminate the Volunteer Program at any time.