The program will support urban, small city and rural community redevelopment efforts by providing financial incentives for catalytic, shovel-ready projects with emphasis on, but not limited to, downtown community-driven efforts. Funded activities should lead to measurable benefits in job opportunities, property values and/or leveraged investment by local and private partners. Eligible projects include building renovation, historic preservation, demolition, new construction, infrastructure investment
Municipalities (including counties, cities, villages, and towns), tribal entities, and other governmental authorities designated by a municipality to apply on its behalf will be eligible
Expected to assist 35 communities and achieve a 15:1 leverage of other investment.
Support community development in downtown areas, increase job opportunities and property values
Assists with creating vibrant and engaging communities that make it easier to recruit and retain residents, sustain a robust labor force and enhance local quality of life. Public gathering places will foster community connections and provide accessible locations for the programming and amenities local residents desire—with the additional benefit of boosting foot traffic for area businesses.
The BIL includes special provision for rural communities, and many programs have portions of grant funding reserved for rural communities. Ensuring rural Wisconsin has access to BIL funding is a high priority of WEDC and the Office of Rural Prosperity (ORP).
Workforce Development Boards
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
Local Workforce Development Boards (WDBs) serve as strategic conveners to promote and broker effective relationships between the businesses and the economic, education, and workforce partners throughout their area.
Office of Rural Prosperity
Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.
201 West Washington Ave
Madison, WI 53703