Grant Funding and Case Studies

In support of member utilities wishing to pursue grant funding and to encourage collaboration among members, below is a list of current grant opportunities. Case studies will be listed as they become available. To share additional grants and case studies, please contact Jake Oelke at


1. American Public Power Association

The American Public Power Association’s Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Developments (DEED) program funds research, pilot projects, and education to improve the operations and services of public power utilities.

Learn more: Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Developments


2. State of Iowa Department of Transportation

As a result of two related Volkswagen settlements, the state of Iowa is expected to receive approximately $21 million in environmental mitigation trust funds over the next ten years for projects that reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx).

Learn more: Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Supply Equipment


3. State of Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

The Charge Up Michigan Program is an EV Charger Placement project that aims to build the infrastructure for DC fast charging stations in the state of Michigan to ensure feasibility of all long distance trips for electric vehicle (EV) users, within the state, and also to neighboring states and Canada. To achieve this, the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) and partners (electric utilities and applicant) will provide funding for qualified DCFC EV charging equipment, site preparation, equipment installation, networking fees and signage.

Learn more: Charge Up Michigan


4. State of Wisconsin Department of Administration

2019 Wisconsin Act 9 (2019-21 Enacted Budget) and Governor Evers’ Veto Message directed DOA to spend up to $10 million in VW Settlement Trust funds for Electric Vehicle Charging Station (EVCS) grants. However, the language authorizing the EVCS Grant Program (“Program”) was removed from statute due to a Wisconsin Supreme Court opinion issued on July 10, 2020. Program activities have been suspended.

Learn more: Electric Vehicle Charging Station Grant Program


5. State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law of 2021 (BIL) establishes a Carbon Reduction Program. This new federal program provides funding for projects that reduce transportation emissions and requires states to develop comprehensive carbon reduction strategies.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) continues to establish next steps for implementing a Carbon Reduction Program. Any application received during the federal fiscal 2022 solicitation will be kept and reviewed for eligibility once the Carbon Reduction P​rogram is fully implemented.

Learn more: Carbon Reduction Program


6. Wisconsin Public Service Commission

The Energy Innovation Grant Program (EIGP) supports a wide variety of energy projects related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, energy storage, energy planning, and more. Each year, the Commission chooses eligible activities based on its energy priorities, emerging trends, and public input.

Eligible to apply: Municipalities, Universities, Schools, Hospitals, and Like Entities (MUSH Market): cities, villages, towns, counties, K-12 school districts, tribes, municipal water and wastewater utilities, municipal electric utilities, municipal natural gas utilities, University of Wisconsin System campuses and facilities, Wisconsin Technical College System, public or nonprofit hospitals, and 501(c)(3) nonprofits. Manufacturers as defined by Wis. Stat. § 77.51(7h)

Learn more: Energy Innovation Grant Program


Sample Grant