Two programs exist to assist Wisconsin communities with revitalization efforts: Main Street and Connect Communities. These programs help local leaders leverage the unique assets of their downtowns and commercial districts, providing access to resources and networking opportunities to support local revitalization efforts. Participants in both the Wisconsin Main Street Program and the Connect Communities Program receive operational assistance including access to educational workshops, webinars and conferences; networking opportunities; and an online resource guide—all designed to facilitate revitalization of downtowns and urban commercial districts. This is a technical assistance program; therefore no funding is provided directly.
A participating community must have an organization or group that focuses on downtown/historic commercial district issues, be able to commit to participation in education and training opportunities, and fulfill annual reporting requirements.
Expected to assist 34 Main Street communities, f 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
RCDI grants are awarded to help non-profit housing and community development organizations, low-income rural communities and federally recognized tribes support housing, community facilities and community and economic development projects in rural areas.
The Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program provides funding for rural projects through local utility organizations.
Arts & Culture,Broadband & Internet,Economic Development,Housing,Parks & Outdoor Recreation,Transportation
Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge
U.S. Department of Agriculture
The Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge provides cooperative agreement funds to help provide planning support, technical assistance, and training to foster placemaking activities in rural communities.
Office of Rural Prosperity
Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.
201 West Washington Ave
Madison, WI 53703