The grant application is closed.

WPS is committed to safety for our employees and the communities we serve. We recognize public safety response agencies today are often faced with increasing budget constraints. In response to this, Wisconsin Public Service Foundation is supporting local public safety response agencies with the Safety - It's Worth The Energy grant. The grant was established in 2014 in conjunction with the Foundation's 50th anniversary. Since that time, 116 departments have received $205,500 in support.


  • All organizations must provide emergency response services in the WPS gas and/or electric service area.
  • County, local and volunteer fire, law enforcement and rescue agencies are encouraged to apply.


Grants may be used to purchase equipment and professional development, but should be part of a well-planned and integrated public safety initiative. Projects must be special, one-time, safety-related efforts. Any equipment purchased with this grant must stay in the ownership of the department for a minimum of 5 years unless it is consumable or becomes expired. The maximum grant amount awarded will be $2,000 per project and must be used within 2 years. Organizations previously awarded an It's Worth The Energy Safety grant are eligible to apply, however, it must be for a new project proposal. Only one grant application per organization will be accepted.

Criteria and judging

Online application will ask for the following questions, including attachment of a budget:

  • Organization name (entity which holds nonprofit or government status).
  • EIN or Federal Tax Identification Number.
  • Describe the organization. Include size of organization (number of members, safety vehicles, etc.), location or geographical size of the area served, number of events your organization responded to last year, etc. (10 points)
  • Project title. This may include name of equipment or training.
  • Project description. What equipment or training are you requesting and why? (15 points)
  • Project impacts. How will this grant support safety initiatives in your community and who will benefit from this? What is the life expectancy of the equipment or how will the training be used? (15 points)
  • Project timeline and funding sources. What is the timeline of your project? (i.e., when is equipment expected to be purchased or when is training expected to take place) Include any additional funding sources for this project. (5 points)
  • Acknowledgement. Describe how the Wisconsin Public Service Foundation will be recognized (news release, banners at community event, etc.). (5 points)
  • You will also be asked to attach a simple budget outlining the expenses for the project, program, or training.

What would be considered for funding?

  • Lifesaving equipment such as: AED, Jaws of Life, CO detecting equipment, thermal imaging cameras, pediatric IV kits, night vision cameras, job related safety gear including masks, helmets, coveralls and fire resistant suits, ballistic vests, etc.
  • Professional Development/Training inclusive of registration fees, tuition, on-site trainer's fees etc.

What would not be considered for funding?

Emergency generators, capital projects such as; new buildings and large vehicle purchases, real estate, endowments, software, T-shirts or other promotional items, travel fees, stipends and/or meals.

Apply between May 1 - June 30. Winners are notified by August 31, 2017.


If you have questions, email the Foundation Administrator.

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