Wisconsin COVID grant applications open for some businesses

Wisconsin Capitol in Madison

The Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) announced Thursday, Sept.16 that it is accepting applications for over $33 million in grants designed to assist event venues, movie theaters and live event small businesses that were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additionally, applications opened for more than $10 million in grants for summer camps and minor league sports teams, the DOA said.

Venues, events and theaters

The Event Venue and Live Event Small Business Grant programs will provide funding of up to $200,000 per eligible organization, for a total of $10 million and $12 million respectively, while the Movie Theater grant program will provide funding up to $15,000 per screen, for a total of $11.25 million.

The funds are part of the governor's previously announced more than $150 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding for Wisconsin's tourism and entertainment industries, including:

  • $10 million for local tourism investment projects;
  • $75 million for lodging grants;
  • $11.25 million for movie theaters;
  • $12 million for live event small businesses;
  • $2.8 million for minor league sports teams;
  • $10 million for event venues;
  • $15 million for destination marketing organizations;
  • $8 million for summer camps;
  • $1 million for the Wisconsin Historical Society to assist in reopening historical sites; and
  • $7.5 million to increase marketing support for Wisconsin's tourism industry.

The grant applications launched Thursday will be administered by DOA, and will remain open until October 15, 2021. Grant recipients will be announced later this fall.

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Additional information, including grant program criteria, is available on the program websites:

Camps and sports

The Minor League Sports Teams Grant program will provide funding of up to $200,000 per eligible organization, for a total of $2.8 million, while the Summer Camp Grant program will provide funding up to $50,000 per eligible organization, for a total of $8 million. The funds are part of the governor's previously announced more than $150 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding for Wisconsin's tourism and entertainment industries

The grant applications launched today will be administered by DOA, and will remain open through October 15, 2021. Informational webinars and program FAQ to follow. Grant recipients will be announced later this fall.

Additional information, including grant program criteria, is available on the program websites:

"When it comes to pandemic assistance, the Evers administration is striving to ensure that all valuable parts of our economy receive support," said DOA Secretary Joel Brennan. "As a lover of baseball and a father of two, I know first-hand the invaluable opportunities that summer camps and Minor League sports teams provide for our young people, and look forward to helping these organizations bounce back."  

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Applicants are encouraged to submit questions and check the program websites for updates.

For updates on other pandemic-related grant opportunities, sign up for the Badger Bounceback update list.

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