How the Volunteer Program works

Your volunteer work of any kind – delivering Meals on Wheels, helping with the church's bake sale or ringing bells for the Salvation Army – may qualify you for a Volunteer Program grant from the Alliant Energy Foundation. Grants range from $100 to $400, to be given to the organization of your choice. You may divide your grant between multiple organizations in $100 increments.

Track your hours and request your grant at

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.

Volunteer grants are based on a 12-month calendar year (January 1 through December 31).

Hours volunteered
Grant amount
50-99 volunteer hours
$100 grant to any one eligible recipient
100-149 volunteer hours $200 grant to be given in $100 increments to eligible recipients
150 -199 volunteer hours
$300 grant to be given in $100 increments to eligible recipients
200+ volunteer hours
$400 grant to be given in $100 increments to eligible recipients

Volunteer hours and grant requests are due January 31.

Grants will be paid out March 31.

Retirees can also report hours and request a grant with this printable form..pdf

You can use this printable calendar.pdf to keep track of your hours during the year.

The grant check will be sent directly to the nonprofit organization. You will be notified when the payment has been sent.

Eligible participants

Employees and retirees of Alliant Energy or one of its predecessor companies are eligible to submit volunteer hours and grant requests. Volunteer hours completed by spouses or children are not eligible for this program.

Eligible recipients

To receive a grant through this program, the organization must meet all of the guidelines established by the Alliant Energy Foundation Board of Directors. Eligible organizations are federal tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or governmental units (e.g., school, volunteer fire department, etc.) in 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 toward your total hours for the year.

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.