COVID-19 Financial Assistance Programs

The Waukesha County Center for Growth is working with our partners in economic development and local, state and federal government to stay current on the programs that are being approved and implemented to assist businesses as we move toward recovery. We do our best to continually provide updated information about the various programs as they become available.


Main Street Bounceback Grants: The pandemic took a toll on Wisconsin’s small businesses, and the main streets and commercial corridors that housed them. Now it’s time to bounce back. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and its regional partners are here to provide support because the economic well-being of our state depends on the strength of businesses. Through the Main Street Bounceback Grants Program, businesses can get $10,000 to help get set up in a commercial space. Read More


Gov. Evers Announces More than $22 Million of Public Infrastructure Grants to Wisconsin Municipalities: Gov. Tony Evers recently announced the award of $22,406,347 of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Public Facility awards for critical public infrastructure projects in low to moderate income communities and municipalities throughout the state. Projects include improvements, repairs, or expansions of streets, drainage systems, water and sewer systems, sidewalks, as well as blight prevention and elimination. Read More


DWD Worker Advancement Initiative: Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Amy Pechacek recently announced that DWD is now accepting grant applications from local workforce development boards (WDBs) for the recently unveiled Worker Advancement Initiative. The Worker Advancement Initiative will serve people whose previous employment has not come back post-pandemic, as well as those who were not attached to or were not successful in the labor market prior to the pandemic, by offering subsidized employment and skills training opportunities with local employers. The program builds on the success of current transitional jobs programs in the state by launching a new, statewide effort to provide subsidized work opportunities to approximately 2,000 individuals. DWD will administer the program through local WDBs in partnership with community-based organization. Read More


T-Mobile Hometown Grant Program: The T-Mobile Hometown Grants are targeted at “revitalizing community spaces in towns with 50,000 people or less.” Proposals can be submitted for a town project of your choice, and if selected, the funds can be used to get started. For example, businesses can implement tech upgrades at a library, refresh a local park, or break ground on a new place where neighbors can connect. Read More


Gov. Evers Announces $10 Million to Support Wisconsin’s Tourism Industry through Local Tourism Investment Projects Earlier this week, Gov. Tony Evers today announced $10 million of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds will be used to provide grants to local governments and tourism-entity nonprofits for tourism-related investment projects that help promote, maintain, or bolster Wisconsin’s tourism industry and that have a substantial capital component. Grants of up to $3.5 million will be awarded to regional entities through a competitive application process to eligible infrastructure projects such as convention centers, travel infrastructure, public or nonprofit attractions, and more. Read More