Grants, Loans & Webinars

 

DHS Accepting Applications for Home and Community-Based Services Grants – September 12th, 2022

Applicants for the grants can include any of the following:

  • Providers whose work supports people in Wisconsin’s HCBS programs
  • Managed care organizations active with HCBS programs in Wisconsin
  • IRIS consultant agencies
  • Universities whose work supports HCBS providers or participants
  • Advocacy agencies who work on behalf of HCBS participants
  • Professional associations that represent HCBS providers
  • Local government agencies who work to support HCBS providers or participants

Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) Grant Program  – Application Deadline September 27th, 2022

We have redesigned our grant offerings into a single grant opportunity, “Industry Sectors Worker Training Grants.” This grant program is designed to help fund the development of innovative and collaborative customized worker training programs.

Key features of this grant program:

  • Grants are available to all industry sectors and companies of any size;
  • Grant award amounts range from  $5,000 to $400,000;
  • Cash or in-kind match equal to 50% of the grant award amount is required;
  • Grantee must complete training of at least 85% of the contracted number of trainees; and
  • At least 65% of trainees must be placed in positions with the placement partner(s) identified in the grant application that require the skills taught in the provided training; and
  • At least 75% incumbent trainees receive increased wages.

Revolving Loan Fund Program – Applications Open Now! Deadline not set currently.

A BUSINESS LOAN PROGRAM
• To maintain and promote a diverse mix of employment opportunities
• To encourage the creation and retention of permanent jobs
• To maintain a positive business climate for expansion of existing business, while helping to attract new businesses
• To encourage the leveraging of new public and private investment
• To promote entrepreneurship and business start-ups
• To encourage the deployment of modern technology, as well as safe work environments

Main Street Bounce Back Grantsopen through December 31st, 2022

The 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.

Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance Program – Help is still available

The Wisconsin 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.

Wisconsin Help for Homeowners program – Help is ongoing

Wisconsin Help for Homeowners (WHH) is a new statewide program that can help with overdue bills like mortgage payments, property taxes, utilities, and more. The program is open to individuals and families who live in Wisconsin with overdue housing-related bills, both with and without a mortgage, who meet income and other eligibility requirements, and have experienced a qualified economic hardship since January 21, 2020.

Small Business Administration Grant Opportunities

SBA provides limited small business grants and grants to states and eligible community organizations to promote entrepreneurship.

Small Business Assistance

The Business Law Section is launching a new initiative to provide small businesses and small business owners in Wisconsin with non-litigation business law services they could not otherwise afford.​

Webinars 

  • Webinar: Raising a Money Smart Kid

Earning money, spending and saving are important lessons children learn very early on in life. This session will help guide parents on effective ways to educate children about financial responsibility that can last a lifetime.

8/9/22 @ 10:30am OR 8/18/22 @ 5:30pm

More Information and registration here →Fox Communities CU (balancepro.org)

  • Webinar: Personal Finance For College Students

College education is a prime time for young adults to learn about finances and plan for their future. Attendees will learn about credit (how to use it wisely), tools to develop a positive credit history and score, create and manage their own budget, ways to track spending, and options for student loan repayment.

9/13/22 @ 10:30am OR 9/22/22 @ 5:30pm

More Information and registration here →Fox Communities CU (balancepro.org)

  • Webinar: Breezing Through The Holidays

It may be called “the most wonderful time of the year” but December can also be filled with unwanted debt with holiday spending. Learn budgeting strategies and tactics to avoid that year-end credit card crunch and sidestep debt traps in the future.

10/11/22 @ 1030am OR 10/20/22 @ 5:30pm

More Information and registration here →Fox Communities CU (balancepro.org)

  • Webinar: Using Credit Cards Wisely

A credit card can be a valuable financial tool. However, before racking up big charges on multiple cards, participants should learn smart ways to handle their credit cards and take a disciplined approach.

11/8/22 @ 10:30am OR 11/17/22 @ 5:30pm

More Information and registration here →Fox Communities CU (balancepro.org)

  • Webinar: Planning For Money Milestones

There are many important financial milestones for consumers in their 20s and 30s. To help prepare today’s “Millennials” for a positive financial future—without sacrificing fun—we take a realistic approach to managing finances. We’ll cover SMART goals, getting financially organized, building a budget, controlling expenses, wiping out debt, and much more!

12/13/22 @ 10:30 OR 12/22/22 @ 5:30pm

More Information and registration here →Fox Communities CU (balancepro.org)