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New and Current Wisconsin Grant Programs

by Alix Fogarty

Grants are an important source of money to small business owners and entrepreneurs. The Wisconsin Department of Administration and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation have taken the time to put together funding for an array of businesses, focusing on the businesses that were impacted by COVID-19. These financial resources differ per grant, but a lot of them are focused on rebuilding the revenue that was lost during the pandemic. 

The Neighborhood Investment Fund is a grant fund that is offered to local and Tribal governments within Wisconsin. With over $200 million in aid provided through this program, the money will benefit neighborhoods that were impacted disproportionately by the pandemic. The grant will allow the investment for the construction of buildings or similar projects that benefit the community. The funding is provided by the Federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. 

​The purpose Event Venue Assistance Grant Program is to provide assistance to event venues due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. About $10 million in grants is available, funding for this assistance is provided by the Federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

The Live Event Small Business Grant Program awards grants to small businesses who provide a significant portion of their goods or services to various Live Events. About $12 million in grants is available, funding for this assistance is provided to Wisconsin by the Federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

The purpose of this grant is to provide eligible Wisconsin movie theater operators with assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There is about $11.25 million in grant funding, which is made possible by the Federal American Rescue Plan Act.

The purpose of this program is to provide eligible minor league sports teams in Wisconsin assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. About $2.8 million is distributed in grants, funding is provided to Wisconsin by the Federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

​The purpose of this program is to provide owners of summer camps located in Wisconsin with assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. About $8 million in grants is given to  owners of summer camps located in Wisconsin. Funding is provided by the Federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

The Workforce Innovation Grant Program is a collaboration between the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and the Department of Workforce Development (DWD). This program provides about $10 million grants to regional organizations to implement innovative plans that help solve the workforce challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has caused in their regions. 

The Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance Program is meant for eligible households that have been impacted by COVID-19 and are needing assistance to help with current or overdue bills. The applicant may receive up to 12 months of assistance for utilities (energy, water, etc. ), rent payments, and services to help you stay in your home. 

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