Applications open for Public Service Commission grants

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) is now accepting applications for two grant programs to improve telecommunications access for Wisconsin residents: the Nonprofit Access Grant Program and the Lifeline Outreach Grant Program. Both grant programs are funded by the Universal Service Fund.

The Nonprofit Access Grant Program provides grant funding to facilitate affordable access to telecommunications. The PSC can award up to $500,000 in grants and applications are due at 1:30 p.m. on March 1. This year, the Nonprofit Access Grant will expand to a two-year performance period. Applicants must be nonprofit organizations proposing projects that will facilitate affordable access to essential telecommunications services for low-income households, people with disabilities, or customers in areas of the state with relatively high costs of services.

The Lifeline Outreach Grant Program assists low-income customers in obtaining affordable access to telecommunications through the lifeline program which provides a discount on essential telecommunications services. The PSC may award up to $250,000 in grants under this program and applications are due at 1:30 p.m. on March 1. The Lifeline Outreach Grant Program is currently organized under two program goals: outreach and education, and research and resource. Nonprofit organizations, community-based agencies, political subdivisions, and Tribal governments are eligible under both program goal areas. For-profit businesses, universities, and other institutions of higher education are eligible under the research and resource program goal area.