Alliant Energy: Central Wisconsin Community Action Council awarded $5,000 flood assistance grant from the Alliant Energy Foundation

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Dollars will help support organization’s long-term housing recovery efforts

MADISON, WI – September 5, 2008 – The Alliant Energy Foundation is pleased to announce that the Central Wisconsin Community Action Council (CWCAC) has been awarded a $5,000 grant from its Rebuilding Our Communities Grant Program. The program was established to provide unrestricted grants to help non-profit groups throughout Alliant Energy’s utility service territory with recovery from this summer’s flooding.

“The Central Wisconsin Community Action Council provides critical housing and emergency services to those in need throughout five counties in southern Wisconsin, all of which were federal declared disaster areas during the June flooding,” said Marthea Fox, Alliant Energy Foundation Executive Director. “The Alliant Energy Foundation wants to support them in their efforts so that they can continue assisting families affected by the flooding.”

The CWCAC provides a variety of services and resources to low-income individuals and families that are living in poverty that focus on economic and social advancement and achieving self-sufficiency. One of their many opportunity programs is designed to develop and improve affordable housing accommodations through constructing apartment buildings, and assisting with cash for home purchasing and structure rehabilitation.

“While we maintained our delivery systems pretty well as the flooding occurred, we are now facing a long-term challenge as a result of all the flood damage throughout our area,” said Fred Hebert, Executive Director of the CWCAC. “We have many families that either lost their living quarters or had extensive damage requiring replacement, rebuilding or rehabilitation. The Alliant Energy Foundation grant will definitely help us dedicate more resources to that critical issue and we appreciate their support very much.”

The organization serves Adams, Columbia, Dodge, Juneau and Sauk Counties and has locations in each of the counties in which it operates. Office locations include the Wisconsin Dells headquarters and administrative and service offices in Adams, Portage, Beaver Dam, Mauston and Baraboo. The group has been in operation since 1966 and has a board of directors consisting of 15 members from each county in which it operates.

The Alliant Energy Foundation’s Rebuilding Our Communities Grant Program was created in response to the extensive flooding across Alliant Energy’s utility service territory in Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota. The Foundation has allocated $1 million for the program and non-profit groups can apply through October 1st for $5,000, $10,000, $15,000 or $20,000 unrestricted flood recovery grants. Funds are to be used to help non-profits resume or maintain operations.

Non-profit groups can request funds by submitting a brief application form explaining their need and the population they serve that was affected by the flooding. A determination of grant eligibility will be made within 14 days of submission.

To be eligible, an organization must be a registered non-profit organization as defined by Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Service Code. Organizations are encouraged to review eligibility guidelines before applying. Government entities (i.e. schools and public libraries) are not eligible for this program.

Over the past ten years, the Alliant Energy Foundation has contributed more than $26 million across the Alliant Energy utility service territory to projects and organizations through a variety of programs and worthwhile initiatives. To learn more about the Foundation and its Rebuilding Our Communities Grant Program, please visit; or request an application from the Foundation office by calling (608) 458-4483.

The Alliant Energy Foundation is a philanthropic organization created by Alliant Energy Corp. and is operated as a separate entity led by its own board of directors. The Foundation is committed to making a positive difference in the communities where Alliant Energy employees, retirees and customers live and work. The Foundation, which is funded solely by the Alliant Energy shareowners, seeks to further the corporation’s goal of being a good corporate citizen and contributing member of society.