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 Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is offering grants to support the development of new and existing cooperatives in Wisconsin, with a goal of fostering the success of current and future cooperatives by supporting planning and exploratory research in advance of making a large investment.