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.


Emergency Rental Assistance Program Supports Eligible Households: The Emergency Rental Assistance program makes available $21.5 billion to assist households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible households may receive up to 12 months of assistance, plus an additional 3 months if the grantee determines the extra months are needed to ensure housing stability and grantee funds are available. Learn More


Restaurant Revitalization Fund to Provide $28.6 Billion in Grants: The new Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF), part of the recently passed American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), will provide $28.6 billion in grants to restaurants and bars in need. Additionally, $5 billion of that total will be set aside expressly for businesses with 2019 gross receipts of less than $500,000. The ARPA lists the following types of establishments that should be eligible: restaurant, food stand, food truck, food cart, caterer, saloon, inn, tavern, bar, lounge, brewpub, tasting room, taproom, licensed facility or premise of a beverage alcohol producer where the public may taste, sample, or purchase products. Learn More


Waukesha County Launches Residential Rent & Utility Assistance Program: Waukesha County, in partnership with Community Advocates, Inc., is launching an Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) to help people experiencing financial hardship to stay in their homes because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program, which will provide $12 million in direct rental and utility costs, is now accepting applications. For individuals who qualify, ERAP pays for:

  • Up to three months of rent at a time
  • Up to twelve months of rent in arrears (back-rent) occurring after March 13, 2020.
  • Cost of electricity and other home energy costs.
  • Cost of utilities in arrears (back-utilities) occurring after March 13, 2020.

Click here to visit the website or view the following informational flyer here.


Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Provides Emergency Assistance: The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act. The program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, including live venue operators or promoters, theatrical producers, live performing arts organizations, museum, zoo, and aquarium operators, motion picture theatre operators, and talent representatives. Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees. Learn More