to the latest Badger Bounceback weekly update!
excited to share updated information on grant and aid programs announced
by Governor Tony Evers, most funded by the American Rescue Plan Act of
2021 (ARPA). These critical one-time investments provide a lifeline
to Wisconsin communities and businesses to ensure a strong pandemic
to view the latest grant program announcements, application information
and more. Check out direct program links to get additional details on
Grant Programs Now
Grant Program - Applications Close Nov. 19!
The Tourism Capital
Grant Program will provide up to $10 million for local and
Tribal governments and tourism-related nonprofits to invest in
shovel-ready tourism-related capital projects.
of up to $3.5 million will be awarded through a competitive application
process. Eligibility criteria and grant application materials for the
Tourism Capital Grant Program, as well as information about an upcoming
program webinar and Q&A submissions, are available on the program
grant application will be administered by DOA and has been extended
Support Program - Current Round Open Through Nov. 29
Wisconsin Farm Support Program provides direct aid payments to farmers,
helping them respond to the challenges presented by COVID-19. The Wisconsin
Farm Support Program will provide an additional $50
million in direct payments to support Wisconsin's agricultural
producers. Producers who are eligible apply through the Wisconsin
Department of Revenue (DOR), which works closely with DATCP to administer
farmers should apply
online through DOR. If farmers did not receive a letter and
believe they qualify, cannot apply online, or are Spanish- and
Hmong-speaking, they should call DOR at (608) 266-2772. The application link opened
November 8, 2021 and closes at 4:30 p.m. on November 29.
more information, visit DOR's Farm
Support Program page.
Infrastructure Capital Grant Program - Applications Open Thru Nov. 30
Infrastructure Capital Investment Grants will provide
$50 million in funding to local and Tribal
governments or non-profit healthcare organizations to invest
in capital projects that specifically support increasing
access to healthcare for low income, uninsured, and underserved
communities and the ability to respond to future
pandemics response needs. Projects could include new or
upgraded facility space that enables additional capacity for
care within a community. Grants up to $20 million will be awarded
through a competitive application process.
program is funded by the federal American Rescue Plan Act and
will be administered by the Department of Administration (DOA). Applications are open now
through November 30, 2021.
program and application information is available on the program
Main Street Bounce Back Grants -
Application Period Open
Main Street Bounceback Grants program provides $10,000 to new or existing
businesses and non-profit organizations moving into vacant properties in
Wisconsin’s downtowns and commercial corridors. The program is open to
new or existing businesses opening a new location or expanding operations
in a vacant commercial space as of January 1, 2021. Grant funds are
available as part of the American Recovery Plan Act and will be
distributed by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) regional partners.
Businesses must apply through the partner organization for the region in
which they are located. Applications
are open through June 30, 2022.
information about the Main Street Bounce Back Grants is available here: https://wedc.org/programs-and-resources/mainstreet-bounceback-grants/
Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance
Program - Help Is Still Available
Emergency Rental Assistance Program (WERA) provides up to 18
months of assistance with current or overdue bills to help households
that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic avoid eviction. More
than 25,000 Wisconsinites have already received help with rent and
utilities statewide. Help is still available for eligible households
through WISCAP agencies and Energy Services. The program is funded by
the Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program and administered by the
Wisconsin Department of Administration.
information about the Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance Program is
available here: https://doa.wi.gov/Pages/WERA.aspx
Announcements and Awards
Advancement Initiative Grant Awardees Announced!
Governor Evers and the Department
of Workforce Development (DWD) recently announced 11
regional recipients of the Workforce Advancement Initiative
grants. The $20 million initiative is part of the $100 million Workforce
Innovation Grant program, designed to support regional
economic development and tackle communities’ most pressing
will administer the program through the local workforce development boards in
partnership with community-based organizations to
provide subsidized employment and skills training opportunities to
participants, including a focus on those co-enrolled in Workforce
Innovation and Opportunity Act programs.
information is available on the Workforce Advancement Initiative
Marketing Organization Grant Awardees Announced!
million Destination Marketing Organization Grant Program will support local DMO organizations across the state to attract regional, national, and international
Applications for the DMO grant
program opened on Aug. 25, 2021, and closed Sept. 29,
2021. The program is funded by the ARPA and administered by the
Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) with guidance from the
Wisconsin Department of Tourism.
In total, 120 organizations
received grants ranging from $2,000 to $1 million based on expenses incurred
by eligible tourism-promotion and tourism development organizations.
Additional information and full
list of recipients is available on the Destination Marketing
Organization Grant Program website: https://doa.wi.gov/Pages/DestinationMarketingOrganizationsGrantProgram.aspx
Safe Shelter and
Homelessness Grant Program - Just Announced!
The just announced $6
million Safe Shelter and Homelessness Grants will provide
critical resources to homelessness shelters, domestic abuse shelters,
and youth homelessness and runaway centers during the winters of
2021-22 and 2022-23. The grants will be funded by American Rescue Plan
Act (ARPA) dollars and split up into two programs. Up to $4 million
will be made available through the State Shelter Subsidy Grant Program,
which provides funding to shelter facilities, and will be administered
by the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA). Another $2 million
will be allocated to funding for the Wisconsin Department of Children
and Families (DCF).
announcement coincides with Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, and
annual observance drawing attention to the number of Americans
nationwide who experience hunger and homelessness.
program information coming soon.
Grants - $100 Million for Next Round Announced
Governor Evers and the Public
Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) announced
earlier this week that the state-funded FY22 Broadband
Expansion Grant Program application will open Dec. 1,
PSC had recently announced the recipients of Broadband Access Grants
for 83 projects that will expand fiber broadband internet to more than
28,426 residential and 1,490 business locations currently unserved and
underserved. A map of current grant recipients is available here: https://psc.wi.gov/Documents/broadband/BbExpG51.pdf
Behavioral Health Services for Underserved Wisconsinites
Governor Evers recently
announced a $2 million investment to support mental health
and behavioral services for underserved communities, including Hmong
and Southeast Asian Wisconsinites through the Project Resiliency
initiative of the Wisconsin United Coalition of Mutual Assistance
Association, Inc. (WUCMAA). The Wisconsin Department of Health Services
will contract with WUCMAA to provide culturally sensitive services.
information coming soon.
Prevention Investment Fund
Evers recently announced a $45 million
in safer communities and violence prevention efforts, to bolster
statewide research initiatives and community-based violence prevention
- $25 million will go to violence prevention
- $6.6 million for the Medical College of
Wisconsin's Violence Prevention Project, to support research,
data collection, education, and community engagement efforts
around violence prevention as a public health issue;
- $10.4 million for the MCW to administer a
competitive grant process to support violence prevention efforts
- $8 million for the City of Milwaukee Office of
Violence Prevention to respond to pandemic-related trauma uptick;
- Nearly $20 million will support victim services
through a grant program to be administered by the Wisconsin
Department of Justice.
Additional grant information coming soon.
Stay Tuned for
These Upcoming Announcements:
- Diverse Business
Assistance Grant Program Application
- Diverse Business
Investment Grant Program Application
- Event Venue Grant Award
- Live Event Small
Business Grant Award Recipients
- Minor League Sports
Teams Grant Award Recipients
- Movie Theater Grant
- Summer Camp Assistance
Grant Award Recipients
- Wisconsin Help for
has been submitted and awaiting U.S. Treasury approval before
funds become available. Visit homeownerhelp.wi.gov
for more information.)
look forward to sharing additional updates on upcoming grant rollouts
and announcements, to help Wisconsinites bounce back.