Connect Communities is a great option for communities beginning new revitalization efforts, those looking to provide additional resources to support local commercial district businesses and property owners, and individuals interested in networking with other professionals and gaining useful information on strategies and techniques to address common revitalization challenges. This is a technical assistance program; therefore no funding is provided directly. This technical assistance is given in the form of training, façade renderings, small business consultations, and hiring of outside consultants to address topics such as business recruitment & retention, branding, historic preservation planning and event development.
Applicants for Connect Communities program may be any organization or governmental entity interested in pursuing revitalization activities at the local level.
Supports downtown community development
Expected to assist 77 Connect Communities, plus 18 new communities in FY22, and 150 small businesses.
The Areas of Persistent Poverty Program awards grants for planning, engineering, or development of technical or financing plans for projects that assist Areas of Persistent Poverty or Historically Disadvantaged Communities.
The 10,000 Communities Initiative aims to accelerate and advance critical community infrastructure projects by maximizing innovation and integration across regions, sectors, and sources of investment capital.
Office of Rural Prosperity
Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.
201 West Washington Ave
Madison, WI 53703