Resource Directory

Rural Economic Development

Resources and Grants for Rural Communities

Whether you’re an individual, a business or a community organization, you can use the directory below to search a vast library of resources, tools and services. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), its economic development partners and other organizations around the state offer a range of resources on all aspects of economic well-being, from childcare and education to businesses and housing. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Reach out to us directly, we want to help.

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  • Department of Administration, ​Division of Energy, Housing and Community Resources
  • Economic Development

    Community Development Block Grant – Economic Development (CDBG-ED) Program

    Department of Administration, ​Division of Energy, Housing and Community Resources

    The CDBG-ED Program works with eligible businesses to complete the application resulting in typical awards from $7,000-$10,000 per job created or retained.

  • Housing

    Community Development Block Grant – Emergency Assistance Program (CDBG-EAP)

    Department of Administration, ​Division of Energy, Housing and Community Resources

    CDBG-EAP funds assist local units of government in addressing emergency housing, public facility, infrastructure, and business assistance needs that occur as a result of natural or manmade disasters.

  • Economic Development

    Community Development Block Grant – Planning (CDBG-PLNG) Program

    Department of Administration, ​Division of Energy, Housing and Community Resources

    Planning​ grant funds support community efforts to address improving community opportunities and vitality. Eligible projects include the development of comprehensive plans, community development plans, and small area and neighborhood plans.

  • Housing

    Community Development Block Grant – Public Facilities (CDBG-PF) Program

    Department of Administration, ​Division of Energy, Housing and Community Resources

    ​​​Public Facilities​ funds help support infrastructure and facility projects for communities. Eligible projects include improvements, repairs, or expansions of streets, drainage systems, water and sewer systems, sidewalks, and community centers.

  • Business

    Community Development Block Grant – Public Facilities Economic Development (CDBG-PFED) Program

    Department of Administration, ​Division of Energy, Housing and Community Resources

    CDBG-PFED grant funds are awarded to local governments for public infrastructure projects that support business expansion or retention such as water or sewer service.

  • Housing

    Community Development Block Grant – Small Cities Housing Program

    Department of Administration, ​Division of Energy, Housing and Community Resources

    Housing proposals will be funded in order to upgrade the quality and expand the supply of decent, safe, and sanitary housing for LMI households.

  • Housing

    Critical Assistance Program

    Department of Administration, ​Division of Energy, Housing and Community Resources

    Critical Assistance funds may be used for the following homeless prevention activities. Payments are made directly to landlords, mortgage holders, local units of government (property tax payments) or utilities.

  • Housing

    Emergency Solutions Grant, Housing Assistance Program, Homelessness Prevention Program EHH

    Department of Administration, ​Division of Energy, Housing and Community Resources

    The Emergency Shelter Grant can be used for rapid re-housing, homelessness prevention, emergency shelter, street outreach, Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS), and administrative costs.

  • Workforce

    Employment Grants Program

    Department of Administration, ​Division of Energy, Housing and Community Resources

    Under the Employment Grants Program a municipality will use grant funds to connect homeless individuals with permanent employment.

  • Housing

    HOME Homebuyer and Rehabilitation Program (HHR)

    Department of Administration, ​Division of Energy, Housing and Community Resources

    This program was established to provide essential home purchase assistance and necessary home rehabilitation, and other vital improvements for single family housing units occupied by low- and moderate-income households.

  • Housing

    ​Homeless Case Management Services Grants Program​

    Department of Administration, ​Division of Energy, Housing and Community Resources

    The Homeless Case Management Services Grant Program will provide grantees with intensive case management services to homeless families. Funding should be used for social workers and associated case management services.

  • Housing

    ​Housing Cost Reduction Initiative Program (HCRI)

    Department of Administration, ​Division of Energy, Housing and Community Resources

    ​The Housing Cost Reduction Initiative (HCRI) set aside funds to provide housing assistance to low- and moderate-income (LMI) households seeking to own decent, safe, affordable housing.

  • Health & Mental Health, Housing

    Housing Opportunities For Persons With AIDS

    Department of Administration, ​Division of Energy, Housing and Community Resources

    Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS provides eligible applicants with program and administrative resources for meeting the housing needs of persons with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or related diseases and their families.

  • Housing

    Rental Housing Development (RHD)

    Department of Administration, ​Division of Energy, Housing and Community Resources

    The funds must serve households at or below 60% of the County Median Income (CMI). Funds may be used for acquisition, rehabilitation and new construction activities.

  • Housing

    State Shelter Subsidy Grant Program

    Department of Administration, ​Division of Energy, Housing and Community Resources

    ​​The State Shelter Subsidy Grant Program (SSSG) provides up to 50% of an emergency shelter or voucher program's annual operating budget.

  • Housing

    Tenant Based Rental Assistance Program

    Department of Administration, ​Division of Energy, Housing and Community Resources

    The Division of Energy, Housing and Community Resources (DEHCR) has allocated HUD HOME funding to support the HOME Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) Program. DEHCR will allow individual grantees to develop community-specific programs.

  • Energy, Housing

    Wisconsin Help for Homeowners

    Department of Administration, ​Division of Energy, Housing and Community Resources

    A new statewide program that can help with overdue bills like mortgage payments, property taxes, utilities, and more.

  • Housing

    Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP)

    Department of Administration, ​Division of Energy, Housing and Community Resources

    The Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) provides assistance for heating costs, electric costs, and energy crisis situations

  • Housing

    Wisconsin’s Weatherization Assistance Program

    Department of Administration, ​Division of Energy, Housing and Community Resources

    The Division of Energy Housing and Community Resources contracts with various agencies throughout the state to provide weatherization services to eligible households.